Saskatoon Hearing Expert – Christa Galick, Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner

Q: What is the difference between hearing aids and hearing amplifiers?

Are you thinking about choosing a hearing amplifier to correct your hearing loss? If so, you should realize that a hearing amplifier cannot be compared directly with a hearing aid. Hearing amplifiers feature a microphone and an amplifier, and in terms of structure and shape they are very similar to conventional hearing aids. However, they only increase the volume of sound, thus they cannot be adapted to your individual hearing loss or personal preferences. Hearing amplifiers are not prescribed by doctors and are usually purchased without specialist advice. At Connect Hearing we  recommend a hearing aid for those affected by hearing loss. If you are dealing with hearing loss book a complimentary assessment with us today.

As qualified Hearing Care professionals we can help you take your first steps towards better hearing.

Ask the Dentistry Expert – Dr. Ishtpreet Mangat

  1. Yes, it is. Fluoride has many benefits including the ability to kill bacteria, help teeth resist cavities, and strengthen teeth from the side effects of acids from foods and bacteria. The controversy of fluoride arose with the public water fluoridation and concerns of overexposure. When overexposed to fluoride, the most common adverse effect is dental fluorosis, which can alter the appearance of a child’s adult teeth when they come in. This is more common in rural areas where the content of the water is not properly regulated and with children who are swallowing too much of their toothpaste during brushing. The optimal water level is about 1.0 – 0.7mg per liter of water. At these levels it has been shown to help reduce the risk of cavities, especially in young children where the fluoride incorporates into developing teeth making it more resistant to cavities. In Vancouver the local water is not fluoridated so it is important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, but monitor your children carefully during brushing.