Health and wellness

Hanan and Shelagh Merrill, co-owners of Nanaimo Hearing Clinic at 501-800 Turner Rd. in Cactus Club Plaza.

Lend me your ear! CROS hearing tech sends sound to ‘your good side’

Nanaimo hearing specialist explains when CROS technology can help, and when it might not

  • Jul 26, 2021

 

Face masks have done an excellent job reducing the spread of COVID-19, but they’ve made it a lot harder to hear and communicate. Hanan Merrill from the Nanaimo Hearing Clinic has some advice!

Masks up, hearing down! 3 tips to keep hearing aids safe

Losing your hearing aids is more than an inconvenience, it’s expensive! Take this expert’s advice

  • Jun 28, 2021

 

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer

Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

 

Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph

When Cold Is Hot

Cold water swimming is therapy and exercise

  • May 26, 2021
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph
Nanaimo Hearing Clinic offers repairs, replacement parts, and other hearing aid services.

3 ways to fix hearing aids when they seem ‘useless’

Investing in expensive hearing aids doesn’t guarantee they’ll work — get advice from a pro!

  • May 17, 2021
Nanaimo Hearing Clinic offers repairs, replacement parts, and other hearing aid services.
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 17, 2021
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Members of the Esquimalt Dippers ocean swimming group gather for a sunset dip in February. (Photo courtesy Sophie Malczewska)

Cold water swims boost physical, mental wellness for Vancouver Island dippers

Greater Victoria area Esquimalt Dippers group up to 70-plus members

Members of the Esquimalt Dippers ocean swimming group gather for a sunset dip in February. (Photo courtesy Sophie Malczewska)
Through fundraisers like Jean Up, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation supports the hospital's world-leading experts who are working relentlessly to improve the lives of children like India.

A family navigates childhood cancer through the pandemic

Jean Up this May and help kids get out of their hospital gowns and back into their jeans

  • May 10, 2021
Through fundraisers like Jean Up, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation supports the hospital's world-leading experts who are working relentlessly to improve the lives of children like India.
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 10, 2021
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 4, 2021
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Visit Hanan Merrill at the Nanaimo Hearing Clinic at 501-800 Turner Rd in Cactus Club Plaza.

The 3 types of hearing clinics, and the pros and cons of each

Should you find the best price, the best brand or the best fit? Advice from an expert

  • Apr 19, 2021
Visit Hanan Merrill at the Nanaimo Hearing Clinic at 501-800 Turner Rd in Cactus Club Plaza.
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After battling cancer, a family rallies to help others in need

Register today for the RBC Race for the Kids: Home Edition

  • Apr 12, 2021
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Canadians with type 2 diabetes should speak to their healthcare providers about treatments that can prevent early death from cardiovascular disease. The sooner you understand the risks, the sooner you can take steps toward prevention.

What you need to know about diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes or prediabetes impacts one in three Canadians

  • Mar 29, 2021
Canadians with type 2 diabetes should speak to their healthcare providers about treatments that can prevent early death from cardiovascular disease. The sooner you understand the risks, the sooner you can take steps toward prevention.
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 22, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
Nanaimo Hearing Clinic

How to choose a hearing clinic

With so much choice, finding the right provider can feel overwhelming!

  • Mar 22, 2021
Nanaimo Hearing Clinic
A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)

Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
A publicly accessible defibrillator as well as naloxone and first aid kits are included in a stand that has been installed at Crescent Beach. It is one of two planned for the South Surrey neighbourhood as St. John Ambulance works to install 1,000 of the life-saving devices around the province. (Contributed photo)

St. John Ambulance aims to install 1,000 publicly accessible AEDs across B.C.

Sponsors sought for stands that cost about $8,000 to equip and install

A publicly accessible defibrillator as well as naloxone and first aid kits are included in a stand that has been installed at Crescent Beach. It is one of two planned for the South Surrey neighbourhood as St. John Ambulance works to install 1,000 of the life-saving devices around the province. (Contributed photo)
Hanan Merrill of Nanaimo Hearing Clinic will help you find the best hearing aid for YOU

Are invisible hearing aids as good as they sound?

Nanaimo hearing practitioner says in-ear hearing aids are a good option for some, but not all

  • Feb 22, 2021
Hanan Merrill of Nanaimo Hearing Clinic will help you find the best hearing aid for YOU
Andrea Barone. Photography by Darren Hull

Secrets and Lives with Andrea Barone

Crystal Hills Organics CEO created a line of products for the skin and body

  • Jan 29, 2021
Andrea Barone. Photography by Darren Hull
Hanan Merrill and his wife Shelagh own Nanaimo Hearing Clinic, Nanaimo's only independent, family-owned clinic.

They’re all ears! Husband and wife duo are in the business of listening

Helping Nanaimo clients tune into life, one hearing aid at a time

  • Jan 25, 2021
Hanan Merrill and his wife Shelagh own Nanaimo Hearing Clinic, Nanaimo's only independent, family-owned clinic.