No-Charge Hearing Assessment: At Quinte Hearing Centre, we provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessments for all of our patients. There is no charge for this. A hearing assessment with us will include the following: Case history: We sit down with you to discuss the reasons you came to see us and what you would like to achieve. Your lifestyle and listening needs are all carefully considered.
Case history: We sit down with you to discuss the reasons you came to see us and what you would like to achieve. Your lifestyle and listening needs are all carefully considered.
Otoscopy: We examine your ears, including the external ear canal and the eardrum, to look for signs of blockages (e.g. earwax) as well as ear-related problems that might require medical follow-up (e.g. ear infections). If significant earwax is present, the we have access to medical-grade microscopes and suction devices for removing it.
Immittance/Auditory Reflexes: We use a machine called a tympanometer to assess how your eardrums are moving, and how healthy the mechanical parts of your ear are.
Pure-Tone Audiometry: We play a series of tones and ask you to respond when you hear one. This way, we can determine your hearing thresholds for each ear individually, across the range of sounds that are important for speech understanding. We use the results of this test to establish the severity of the hearing loss, as well as the type of hearing loss.
Speech Testing: The purpose of these tests is to determine how well you can repeat back words at different volumes. We also establish your most comfortable listening level for speech, as well as your uncomfortable listening level.
Other Tests: At the discretion of the audiologist, other tests may be completed to better understand your individualized needs, such as how well you can hear in background noise.
An audiologist will go over the results of your hearing test in detail. They will explain how hearing aids work and whether they can improve your communication abilities. They will help you select which technology level and style of hearing aids are appropriate for your hearing loss, listening environments and lifestyle from a wide selection of manufacturers. There is no commitment required at this appointment, you can decide if/when you would like to move forward with hearing aids.
After the hearing aid evaluation appointment, patients return to the clinic within 1-2 weeks for the hearing aid fitting. During the fitting and dispensing appointment, the hearing aids are programmed for the patient’s specific hearing loss. At this time, patients are shown proper hearing aid insertion, battery replacement techniques, and cleaning and care of the hearing aid. The fitting appointment also entails Real-Ear Measurements, to ensure the hearing aid is meeting your hearing needs.
An audiologist will explain the type of hearing loss you have, if you have any. They will ask questions about the type of noise you are exposed to and for how long. They will explain noise reduction techniques, and the best ways to preserve the hearing that you have.
Both of our clinicians have advanced training in cerumen management and can manage this issue using the most advanced tools and techniques. We are the only clinic locally with a full sized, hospital grade microscope and video otoscopy to ensure the safest ear cleaning possible
Musician plugs: Musician earplugs are designed to protect hearing while preserving the sound quality of music. Music sounds as it would without an earplug but at a safer volume.
Swim plugs: Swim molds are soft custom earplugs that form a perfect seal to prevent water from getting into the ear.
Noise plugs: Noise plugs are designed for hearing protection. These plugs are recommended for noisy environments where safety is of maximum importance.
Sleep plugs: Sleep plugs are a more comfortable earplug that reduces night time noise.
ALDs are devices aimed at improving day-to-day function for people who are hearing impaired. They are generally straightforward and easy to use. ALDs are typically used in conjunction with traditional hearing aids, though some are designed to be used on their own.