Montreal Radio’s Nat Lauzon is in a Battle Against her own Ears


The host of Feel Good Weekends on The Beat 92.5 in Montreal, Lauzon suffers from vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. But a hearing aid and some research are helping her fight back.

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.” JOHN MAHONEY / MONTREAL GAZETTE


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.



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