Radio voice Nat Lauzon is in a battle against her own ears

Nat Lauzon says she first noticed her genetic hearing loss at about 15. "You tend to be a little more anti-social,” she explains. “You don’t want to be in a group and everyone’s talking and you can’t understand or follow. (The hearing aid) definitely made me more of a participant in my own life." If you spot Nat Lauzon turning her head 45 degrees and then quickly laying her upper body down on a bed or couch, don’t worry: she’s just trying to realign the invisible crystals in her head.

It’s called the Semont Manoeuvre, and it’s one of the exercises used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which causes debilitating dizziness.

BPPV is one of several ways Lauzon’s inner ear is betraying her. She also has permanent tinnitus and is slowly losing her hearing. Six years ago, at age 37, she got her first hearing aid.

“From (the neck) up, I’m a mess,” she said with a laugh during a recent interview with the Montreal Gazette.

It would be bad enough for most people to deal with, but Lauzon needs her ears for her job as a voice artist and radio announcer.

Lauzon hosts Feel Good Weekends on The Beat 92.5 . She has been on the radio since she was a 13-year-old in Timmins, Ont. She spends her weekdays at home, recording voice tracks for clients including TV and radio advertisers and automated phone systems.

None of her conditions have cures, but she has figured out how to lessen their impact. Nat Lauzon pulls her hair back to show the hearing aid she wears. Pet sounds

Lauzon said she first noticed hearing loss at about 15. Its cause is genetic. Her mother has the same disease (but no vertigo), and has used hearing aids since she was 28.“When you have hearing loss, you […]

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