FAQs

TOP QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS

Do I need a referral to see an Audiologist?

A referral is not necessary to see one of our Audiologists.  While audiology services are for the most part not covered through OHIP, many health insurance plans will reimburse for audiology services.

Who will be providing my hearing health care?

Your hearing healthcare will be provided by, or under the direct supervision of, an Audiologist who is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), and who must comply with the regulations and professional guidelines of this governing body.

Do you test children?

We provide hearing testing for children ages 5 and older, as well as auditory processing assessments (i.e., APD or CAP assessments) for children enrolled in Grades One through Twelve.

Is there funding available for hearing aids?

The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) offers funding assistance for hearing aids for all Ontario residents. Other government funding programs include Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB), Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Health Canada Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB). We are proud to be a registered provider for all of the above programs, as well as a preferred supplier for a variety of private health insurance plans. For more information on insurance plans, click on the Financing and Insurance tab above.

If I get a hearing aid, will my hearing still get worse?

While hearing aids will not stop the normal progression of aging, the use of amplification has been shown to positively affect overall quality of life, cognitive skills, and emotional well-being.

Why do I need two hearing aids?

For most people with bilateral hearing loss, the use of two hearing aids improves speech understanding in noise as well as allowing for correct localization of sound sources. Both of these abilities require that the brain has input from each ear in order to filter out irrelevant background information or to use minute timing cues to correctly identify the direction of a sound source. Additionally, wearing two hearing aids provides better speech clarity and speech understanding, even in quiet environments.

What can be done for ringing in my ears?

There are many treatment options for individuals suffering with tinnitus, including sound therapy, hearing aids, maskers, and other health and mindfulness approaches. While there typically is no cure for most forms of tinnitus, the use of these devices and strategies can significantly reduce tinnitus annoyance and improve overall quality of life. The first step is to book a comprehensive tinnitus assessment to evaluate the nature and quality of your tinnitus, after which your Audiologist will be able to determine the most appropriate tinnitus treatment plan for you.