Knowing how to identify the signs of hearing loss and protect your hearing in the first place is key to enjoying good hearing for life. Here, our Hearing Instrument Specialists answer some of our most frequently asked questions, to get you started.
Treatment typically starts within 1-2 weeks of diagnosis. Hearing generally decreases over time, therefore retesting and adjustments are made to accommodate any changes that may occur.
We do make home visits when required. Please contact us for more information.
Absolutely. At Thousand Islands Hearing, we always welcome new patients and will work with you to ensure an easy transition.
At Thousand Islands Hearing, we accept Interac, cash, cheques, Visa, and Mastercard. We also offer financing through PayBright.
Each insurance company is different, so please be sure to contact your insurance company with any questions ahead of your appointment. If you have audiology insurance, please bring your insurance information with you and we can advise you maximizing your insurance benefits for you or your loved one.
During your first visit with us, we will discuss your concerns about your hearing, and the environments in which you have difficulty hearing. Then, we conduct a series of hearing tests to determine the nature and extent of your hearing loss.
Once the testing portion of you appointment is complete, your Hearing Instrument Specialist will discuss the results with you, as well as your options for treatment, hearing aids, or hearing protection, as required.
During your fitting at Thousand Islands Hearing, your Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) will discuss your hearing aid options with you, and help you settle on the best type of aid for your comfort, daily hearing environments, and budget.
Once you have settled on a hearing aid, the HIS will carefully program it to provide the best possible hearing experience for you, in terms of volume, clarity and comfort.
We understand that sometimes, our patients need to wear their hearing aids for a while in their day-to-day lives to determine whether the fit and programming are ideal. You can come back to Thousand Islands Hearing for as many fittings and adjustments as you need to achieve the right fit and hearing experience with your new hearing aid.
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Audiologists are health professionals regulated by The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). An audiologist must have a Masters Degree in Audiology, and this designation allows the practitioner to prescribe hearing aids. A Hearing Instrument Specialist is a college-trained professional who is equipped to test hearing and dispense hearing aids prescribed by an audiologist.
There are three primary types of hearing loss.
There is a wide variety of mental, physical, and emotional signs and symptoms of hearing loss. If you find you feel stressed out, anxious, or annoyed when trying to communicate with other people, are turning your TV up louder than you normally do, or find yourself trying to read people's lips when they are talking to you, you may be experiencing hearing loss.
However, only a hearing health specialist can positively diagnose you with hearing loss. To find out for sure if you have hearing loss, please contact our office today.
An audiogram is a hearing test that is performed in a soundproof room by a trained professional, most commonly an audiologist. Earphones are placed over/in your ears, and tones are presented to each ear, one at a time. The softest level at which the sounds can be heard is recorded.
Tinnitus is the perception of internal noises when there is no external acoustic stimuli. Tinnitus sufferers often describe the noise they hear as similar to a high pitch whistle, or steam escaping. Others describe what they are hearing as akin to the sound of high voltage wires, a humming sound, or even music.
Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a hearing-related problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children. Children with this condition can't process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate.
We guide you through the entire process, starting with the testing phase, through to selecting a hearing aid model, and tuning it to meet your needs. We'll help you select a hearing aid that suits your lifestyle, listening environments, and budget.
There are several different styles of hearing aids to choose from, including a few that are somewhat visible when worn, and others that are completely hidden. All of our Signia hearing aids are as low-profile as the model allows.
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles, each with a different price tag attached. That said, hearing aids are a regulated medical device in Ontario, and so the cost of each style of device is the same in every clinic. At Thousand Islands Hearing, we make sure each patient gets a hearing aid the fits their hearing loss, lifestyle, and budgetary needs.
After you have been fitted for your hearing aid, we will monitor your hearing and reprogram your hearing aids on a regular schedule. To book an adjustment, please send us an email or call ahead to secure an appointment.