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The Science of Audiology

How Do We Hear?  Hearing depends on a series of complex steps that change sound waves in the air into electrical signals. Our auditory nerve then carries these signals to the brain.

How Do We Hear?

Hearing depends on a series of complex steps that change sound waves in the air into electrical signals. Our auditory nerve then carries these signals to the brain.

  • Originally, we had a lot of science-y words describing how complex the steps were.  But then we found this awesome video created by the folks at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), was just better


What all is involved in a hearing test at Eastside Audiology?

We take our diagnostics seriously here. We do not just do the simple 'beep test'.  Test procedures vary depending on the type of testing required and age of the patient (pediatric, adult, or tinnitus).  On average you can expect to be in the clinic for approximately one hour to complete everything. 

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Auditory Processing.  What is it?

A condition where the brain is unable to process auditory information in a normal way.  "The Missing Piece: Auditory Processing and Learning Difficulties!" first appeared as a blog post through the Regina Speech Centre

"Our Biological Approach to Auditory Processing" is an excellent video created in the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University.  It is a demonstration of how frequency-following response (FFR, aka cABR) is used to study the biology of auditory learning. The audiologists at Eastside Audiology follow these methods

Dementia and Untreated Hearing Loss

Is there really a connection?  The American Association of Retired Persons has put together a really good, easy-to-read article about the correlation between cognitive loss and hearing loss. 

Cognition Screening

The audiologists at Eastside Audiology & Rehabilitation Inc. offer cognitive screening - through Cognivue Thrive - that can measure your current cognitive performance while you are also getting your hearing tested.  The videos below give a better idea of how Cognivue works.  One is an excellent description of Cognivue by Dr Cliff Olson and the other is a demonstration video on how it works.  

Dr. Cliff Olson is a Board Certified Audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  He is also is the founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Phoenix Arizona

Cognivue Thrive demonstration video


You hear your spouse breathing nearby and you instantly get angry. Your 6-year-old yawns and it triggers a fight-or-flight reaction in you. You avoid restaurants because you can’t stand the sound of chewing. Sounds other people don’t even seem to notice, drive you up a wall. You might have misophonia. 

"The Misunderstood Misophonia" by Christopher Spankovich and James W. Hall III first appeared in Audiology Today in 2014 and is an excellent resource

Magazine Articles

We've been published!!  Okay, so they are actually Expert Opinion pieces done in Saskatchewan magazines, but we still think they are pretty cool.  These articles address various topics related to hearing health.

Hearing in
Background Noise
Teenagers, Hearing Loss, & Music
Are Carrots Good for Your Ears Too?
Q-Tips & Wax


Since 1989, the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) has been collecting data on satisfaction with hearing instruments, new user rates by age, mental and physical health effects of hearing loss, and many others. Every three to four years, HIA commissions a detailed survey with comprehensive findings on these topics. Basically, it's an industry review.  We've put the most current findings here as well as their popular "20 questions" with Kate Carr

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