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Focus What you can do about hearing loss? From Elgin Audiology Consultants An estimated 10% of all Canadians have hearing loss. If you think you or a loved one is among them, there is help. That help is available close to home from Elgin Audiology Consultants. No more need to travel to London to see an Audiologist about your hearing loss. Elgin Audiology has offices in St. Thomas, Aylmer and now West Lorne. With the office in West Lorne, right behind the West Elgin Community Health Centre, Elgin Audiology now truly covers all of Elgin County. The clinics provide full diagnostic hearing tests, hearing aid prescription, repairs and dispensing as well as other procedures such as Central Auditory Processing evaluations. You or a loved one may have a hearing loss if you: • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves • Often turn your ear toward a sound to hear it better • Find that people sound as if they mumble • Lose your place in group conversations • Keep the volume on your TV at a level that others say is too loud • Have pain or ringing in your ears • Notice that women's and children's voices are harder to understand. "People who see themselves in these statements should see a registered audiologist for a hearing test," according to Elgin Audiology Audiologist, David Pfingstgraef. Audiologists specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing, and treating hearing disorders.

They provide treatment for hearing loss including properly-fitting hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and they can teach people various listening strategies. "Even a very slight hearing loss can have an impact on your daily life. Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life." Hearing loss often occurs slowly and has many causes, such as normal aging, diabetes or exposure to noise. Audiologists recommend that children have their hearing checked if there are any concerns at any time, but for sure before entry into school. An

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annual hearing checkup is a good idea for adults from age 45 and older. For people that have a hearing loss, many options are available to help. Some of these include hearing aids. According to Pfingstgraef, the new digital hearing aids fit comfortably, are easy to use and actually now allow you to hear much better even in noisier rooms. If you think you may have a hearing loss call Elgin Audiology in Aylmer at 519-7733838, West Lorne 1-888-815-2306 or the Main Clinic in St. Thomas at 519637-5925 to arrange an appointment.

The idea of retirement changes as people work longer

year-old worker can expect to work before retiring, if retirement rates of a given year prevail. Expected working life is estimated using a method similar to that used for calculating life expectancy. According to the indicator, older workers have been increasingly delaying their retirement since the mid-1990s. This is consistent with the increase in the employment rate

A 50-year-old worker in 2008 could expect to stay in the labour force  3.5  years longer than in the mid-1990s, according to an indicator that tracks the retirement behaviour of Canadians. Using Labour Force Survey data, this indicator estimates the number of years a 50-

of older Canadians that began about the same time. According to this measure, in 2008, an employed 50year-old had an expected additional 16 years at work. This is roughly  3.5  years longer than workers of the same age in the mid-1990s, who could expect to work  12.5  more years. The 3.5-year increase was the same for both men and women.

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