More Bling please!

April 8, 2017

(Earmold tubes - Etsy, BriteTubes)

After seeing numerous posts on Instagram featuring brightly decorated earmolds and hearing aids, I decided to contact Phonak and ask them where I could possibly get the colourful tubes for my BTE's. They offer a lot of gorgeous shades for their Sky V hearing aids which is for the Teen market that also gives them the freedom to pick a variety of hook and tube colours as well. Even though I do not wear Phonak, I was over the moon about their willingness to allow people like us choose we want and personalize our hearing aids. I was curious about the tubes and wondered if I could get them for my Oticon BTE's and they advised me to contact my audiologist which I did on that same day.

I had an appointment for new tubes anyway and went in expecting to see a variety of colours. Much to my dismay, they were not able to obtain them in Ontario. Disappointed, I went back to Phonak and explained that it didn't seem to be available in our province. Much to my surprise, they happily offered several links to Etsy and Ebay as sources for those ear mold tubes. I was absolutely giddy once I saw the images online, they were stunning!

The kid in me squealed delightfully and I promptly contacted the seller, inquiring about the specific size and thickness. Due to the severity of my hearing loss, the tubes need to be the correct thickness otherwise I would end up with feedback or distortion to sounds. In the past, I had received thinner tubes and I could barely hear conversations. That was big realization for me in terms of how much of an impact they could make on my ability to process the sounds around me.

I picked out two reliable sources that had an amazing collection of beautiful ear mold tubes. For Etsy, it was BriteTubes  (https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/253832547/britetubes-hearing-aid-bling-per-pair) and Emtech Laboratories (http://www.emtech-labs.com/index.php/shop/tubing/colored-tubing-detail). Both offered lots of choices and Emtech had an incredible array of hearing aid supplies. However, Brite Tubes from Etsy had a couple more colours, namely pink and purple  which are my absolute fave. I eagerly reached out to Barb at Etsy, explained the severity of my hearing loss and requirements for the tube thickness. She had the right kind of tubes in pink! Yay! I quickly ordered them and within a week, they arrived.




I loved them as soon as opened the package. It was like Christmas! I will be taking them to my audiologist to add a copper lock and put them on my earmolds. I simply can't wait to try them out.

By the way, both Etsy and Emtech offer additional hearing aid accessories such as ear jewelery and tube twists. It's worth taking a look. I also shopped at Ebay for the Jamberry Nailwraps to decorate my hearing aids - aren't they a lot of fun?

Instead of pouting about wearing boring hearing aids, I took the initiative to have my ear molds designed with marble swirls and changed the outside shell using removable Nailwraps. Now, with the new tubes, it's really beginning to look like a complete set!

When you go shopping at Etsy, be sure to say hello to Barb at BriteTubes for me and check out her store! I have a feeling you'll be browsing for the rest of the day...have fun! 


 

New Life

April 5, 2017


After the sudden death of my mother, the world I knew shifted overnight. While reeling from her loss and scrambling to deal with the mountain of paperwork and funeral arrangements, it hit me in terms of just how much of a loss it was. There was now a huge void in my life. Even though we lived independent lives and ran our own home based businesses, we found a way to balance everything by helping each other. She was able to do things that I couldn't and I was there to pitch in whenever she nee...
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Thanks Air Canada

March 8, 2017


As a seasoned solo traveller, particularly one with a profound hearing loss, I've learned a few tricks to help cope with the anxiety and stress that comes with it. I've had several near misses at airports where I didn't hear the announcements for gate changes and found myself sprinting to the other side via a confusing maze of busy hallways. I always get a cold sweat whenever I approach the lounge area, wondering if I'm in the right boarding area. 

Over the years, along with frequent trips in...
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What do you mean?

January 9, 2017


To borrow the phrase from Justin Bieber's popular song "What do you mean?", I wanted to know the true meaning of the word "stigma". I reached for the heavy Dictionary and Thesaurus, flipped through the thick pages and found the description: a mark of disgrace or infamy associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. To go even further, according to the medical description it states: a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease.

So what does that mean ...

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Bling up my hearing aids please!

December 2, 2016



Everyone knows that hearing aids tend to look rather dull, after all, they are medical devices. While some companies provide a variety of colours, particularly for the kids, the majority offer a limited range, namely hair and skin tones. That’s fine for people who want to be discreet about their hearing loss. But what about the rest of us who have been wearing them for more than 20 or 30 years? We get bored, really quickly. Like myself, I discovered that it’s much more pr...


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Holiday fun

November 14, 2016


Now that Christmas is just around the corner and people are starting to put up their holiday lights, there have been a series of delightful commercials that are simply adorable. Some of they feature incredibly realistic CGI of animals and the overall story is as sweet as candy canes - definitely worth watching and sharing! They will melt your heart...go on and take a peek.

This brand new video is being featured on the JohnLewis website featuring Buster the Boxer who loves to jump.

http://www.j...
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Wisdom at forty-something

August 22, 2016


You would think that turning forty meant gaining more wisdom, and as someone who’s forty-something, I’m wondering where the heck it went. Sure, I have gained a lot more insight, compassion (sort-of), and I’m currently somewhat more business-savvy than I was in my twenties but it doesn’t necessarily make me a smarter person.

In some ways, I’m more of a klutz now, making critical mistakes that cause me to cringe in horror as I think about the future consequences of my actions. Ironica...
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Verbatim

August 15, 2016


My mother recently read an article and suggested that I take a look at it. She normally doesn't do this unless it was something that had a really strong opinion or featured a topic that would be interesting to me. Truthfully, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I suspected that it had something to do with hearing loss. Growing up with a severe to profound hearing impairment has, in many ways, blunted my compassion and viewpoint about other people's experiences. Why? Because they usually...
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Self-care: learning to forgive

July 27, 2016


I recently discovered an intriguing book by Doreen Virtue on how to heal ourselves and break free of negativity. Even though Doreen is famous for her spiritual topics, this is more geared towards the physiological and psychological aspects of detoxing our minds and bodies. The goal is to find ways of healing ourselves from the inside out and make a positive change in our lives.

What caught my eye about this book was the title “Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle” - it made me wonder ho...
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Tools for life

July 12, 2016

I was recently informed about several nifty gadgets for people with disabilities and knew that I had to share it. Since there is still a sense of stigma surrounding physical disabilities, there are companies out there that are acutely aware of this and coming up with great products that allow us to be more at ease with using mobility aids. They are making great strides in producing innovative products that enable people with any type of disability to live their life as comfortably as possible...
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