For Frontenac Fun Fact Friday we wanted to share some information on loudness.

How loud is too loud? Take a look at this graphic to get a little bit of insight on how loud some everyday sounds actually are, and how they damage our hearing.

For some frame of reference, here are some other common sounds:

Breathing 10 dB

Clock ticking 20 dB

Whisper 30 dB

Refrigerator 40 dB

Normal conversation 60 dB

Happy Friday!  For our Frontenac Fun Fact Friday we bring you an interesting fact about men and women.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), men are twice as likely than women to have hearing loss.

This increased likelihood is attributed to environmental factors since both men and women’s ears are anatomically the same.

September 4, 2020 Holly BrooksUncategorized

Frontenac Hearing Clinic Presents Frontenac Fun Fact Friday!

In this edition of Frontenac Fun Fact Friday we check out how fish hear!

Fish feel movement, water pressure changes and vibrations through a system of lateral lines that run the length of their bodies.

Look who’s back!

Frontenac Hearing Clinic is happy to announce Rachael is back in the clinic part time!  She has been off on maternity leave for almost a year.  While she has been away, she’s been busy gardening, baking and playing with her son Theodore.

Rachael loves to bake.  Rumour has it, that Theodore will be a big brother in 2021! We are overjoyed for Rachael and her husband Mat, and of course excited for Theodore!

Welcome back Rachael!

Friday is for fun facts!  Frontenac Hearing Clinic is proud to present some fun facts about hearing and ears.


This first Friday we will talk about the stapes (or stirrup) bone.  The middle ear contains the three smallest bones int he human body, the smallest is the stapes. All three bones fit on the face of a penny! These bones work together to transmit sounds to the inner ear.

Tune in next week for another Frontenac Fun Fact Friday!


A letter from the owner:

My name is Peggy Plunkett, I am the owner and Hearing Instrument Specialist at Frontenac Hearing Clinic.

As we move back into what will be our new normal, I wanted to take the opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude.  First, I’d like to thank healthcare and front line workers around the world and specifically in our area, who are working tirelessly to care for people in need. Your selflessness does not go un-noticed.

I am genuinely grateful for our extremely understanding clientele during this time.  The people of Kingston never cease to amaze me with their kindness and compassion.  I am proud to be a part of this community.

Frontenac Hearing Clinic has been fortunate; in that we have been able to re-open and provide our services to those who are in need.  The clinic is currently open regular hours from 8-4 Monday to Friday.  We are now scheduling hearing tests and fittings.  We have also added a curbside care service to clients needing basic servicing and cleaning of their hearing aids.

Although things seem to be getting back to normal, things have certainly changed. We are ready to help you with any of your hearing health needs.  We have increased our sanitation procedures and wear personal protective equipment to protect our clients, and staff. Our appointments are a little more spread out to make room for sanitization of our rooms and equipment.  Even our waiting room has changed a little, with sneeze guards in place and physical barriers in place to make sure physical distancing is followed.

All the new changes and procedures make the days busy, but myself and my team are happy and thankful to be back.  We all look forward to seeing you back in the clinic.


September 21, 2019 adminHEARHearing Loss Help

Rechargeability has become more and more important during the last few years. Today almost everyone uses devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which are charged regularly. In our lives, rechargeability has become indispensable and normal. And new technologies for rechargeable solutions have allowed us to gradually reduce the size of the batteries without losing performance.

Bernafon Offers Power For The Entire Day

What seemed to be far off in our industry in the past is now possible today: Bernafon offers power for the entire day with the environmentally-friendly and high-performing lithium-ion rechargeable battery using contactless inductive technology.

Your customers can forget about changing batteries with the new Viron miniRITE T R hearing aid. The device is a slim and elegant receiver-in-the-ear instrument with two push buttons on the outer part of the housing and a LED indicating the status of the battery. It fits discreetly behind the ear and offers high comfort as you may be able to use a vented earpiece.

Your customers can wear the hearing aid during the day and charge it overnight. In three hours the long-lasting, Li-ion battery is 100% recharged and a full charge lasts up to 24 hours. If one only has a limited time of 30 minutes available for recharge, then the hearing aid will still have enough power for approximately 6 hours.

A Unique Hearing Experience

Besides the great advantage of rechargeability, the Viron miniRITE T R delivers a unique hearing experience. It features True Environment Processing™, the latest Bernafon technology. True Environment Processing™ makes it possible to detect sound in real-time and understand speech more easily, even in very challenging listening situations*. In addition to this, Viron miniRITE T R can connect to the majority of smartphones and may be used together with an attractive range of wireless accessories.

The charger for the Viron miniRITE T R has a compact and contemporary design. It is delivered with a power cable, a power plug, and a USB connector. So, the charger can be connected to a power outlet near a bedside table, for example, but it can also be powered by other power sources provided they have a power level of at least 500 mA. A power bank may be another option during travels.

It is very easy to recharge the hearing aids. Instructions for your customers are as follows:

  • Remove them from your ears and insert them correctly in the charger. There is no need to switch the hearing aids off. They are turned off automatically when placed in the charger and the charging process is initiated.
  • The LED on the hearing aids will indicate when the charging process starts and when it is finished.
  • In the morning, simply remove the hearing aids from the charger and put them on your ears. They are automatically switched on and ready to use.

Or, have a look at the following video with your customers about how to charge the Viron miniRITE T R.

Bernafon Hearing Aid with LIthium Battery

The rechargeable battery has a life time of approximately five years. There are specific instructions for you as a hearing care professional for how to change the rechargeable battery for your customers. These instructions are available in a double-page insert in the charger packaging and are also available in the Oasisnxt 2019.1 software.

Are your customers asking for rechargeable hearing aids with the latest technology? Then the Viron miniRITE T R is the ideal hearing solution. It is a brand-new hearing aid style – we look forward to your reactions.

*2017 – Based on clinical trial data acquired at Bernafon AG, Bern Switzerland.

Author: Christina Kräuchi, 

Frontenac Hearing Clinic – Kingston Ontario

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