Hearing Aid Evaluation And Fitting

The Ear & Audiology Clinic

What is Hearing Aid Evaluation and Hearing Aid fitting?

Hearing aid evaluation and fitting are essential steps in the process of obtaining and using hearing aids. These procedures are typically conducted by registered Audiologists, who are healthcare professionals specializing in hearing health. Here’s an overview of what a hearing aid evaluation and fitting involve:

  • Hearing Aid Evaluation:

    Purpose: To determine if hearing aids are a suitable solution for the individual's hearing needs. If yes, then select and customize hearing aids that meet the individual's hearing needs and preferences.

    Process: After the comprehensive hearing assessment, the audiologist discusses the type and degree of hearing loss, addressing any specific challenges the individual faces.

    The Audiologist gathers information about the individual's lifestyle, communication needs, and preferences.

    The Audiologist discusses different types of hearing aids, considering factors such as style, features, and technology.

    The Audiologist takes impressions or measurements of the individual's ears to ensure proper fit.

    Based on the evaluation, the Audiologist determines whether hearing aids are appropriate and beneficial for the individual & prescribe them.

  • Hearing Aid Fitting:

    Purpose: To program & fit customize hearing aids that meet the individual's hearing needs and preferences.

    Process: Hearing aids are programmed, customized, and adjusted based on the individual's specific hearing profile and preferences.

    Perform Real-ear-Measures (REM) and make sure patient is happy with the fit & sound quality. In the context of hearing aids fitting, REM involves placing a tiny microphone in the ear canal to measure the actual sound levels produced by the hearing aid. This helps ensure optimal hearing aid fitting.

    The Audiologist provides instructions on inserting and removing the hearing aids, as well as care and maintenance.

    Outcome: Hearing aids are programmed, customized, and adjusted based on the individual's specific hearing profile and preferences.

  • Hearing Aid Validation/ Follow ups:

    Purpose: Following hearing aid fitting there should be a 2-4 week follow up, where the audiologist and patient confirm that the hearing aids are helping with the challenges identified at the hearing test appointment.

    Process: Hearing aid benefits and satisfaction are measured using different methods. Should there be any indication that the patient is not experiencing improved hearing, fine tuning or adjustments to the sound will be made until the patient is satisfied.

    Based on the evaluation, the audiologist determines whether hearing aids are appropriate and beneficial for the individual.

Types Of Hearing Aids:

  • Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)

    Smallest and most discreet hearing aid that fits completely inside the ear canal. Generally appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss.

  • Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) 

    Micro-technology allows this type of hearing aid to be custom made & worn deep inside the ear canal. Generally appropriate for mild to moderate hearing losses.

  • In-The-Canal (ITC) 

    Small custom-made hearing aid that sits at the edge of the ear canal. Generally appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing losses.

  • In-The-Ear (ITE) 

    Custom-made hearing aid that fills the concha of the ear, either half shell or full shell. Generally appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses.

  • Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

    A style that sits behind the ear, while the amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized ear mold which fits in your ear. Generally appropriate for mild to profound hearing losses.

  • Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC)

    These hearing aids are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged up feeling wearers can sometimes experience (referred to as the occlusion effect). They are easy to wear, Small discreet hearing aid that sits behind the ear and is connected via an earwire to a small dome that sits deep in the ear canal. Generally appropriate for high-frequency hearing loss or mild to severe hearing losses.

Workplace Coverage/ benefits

Some private health insurers and workplace benefits provide coverage for Audiology services & hearing aid purchase, so your first step should be to check with your benefit and find out the coverage before your hearing aid evaluation appointment. 

Our Client’s Travel from across the GTA and The Durham Region including the residents in the cities of  Toronto, Scarborough, Pickering, AjaxWhitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Port Perry, Port Hope, Uxbridge, and Scugog To Receive Hearing Aid Evaluation And Hearing Aids From Our Registered Audiologist.

Frequently Asked Question About Assistive Listening Devices

OHIP provides partial coverage of hearing aids for every resident of Ontario through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). ADP provides a grant of $500 per ear, once every 5 years, if required. Your audiologist will provide you with the proper forms to complete. Once completed, your audiologist can bill directly for the ADP portion.

If you have private insurance or work benefits, you may be able to seek reimbursement for the cost of hearing aids through your benefit plan. 

The level of coverage varies depending on your plan. You can contact your insurance provider to determine eligibility and your level of coverage prior to your visit to us. 

There are other funding options provided by ODSP, OW, WSIB, DVA, NIHB and IFHP. If you fall under any of these categories, we can guide you through the process.

To make our services and products financially accessible to you, we work with many governmental agencies and 3rd party funders & can help you with any paperwork required to submit a reimbursement claim to your Insurance providers.

There are different levels of technology and capabilities built into hearing aids. The more features and/or options the greater the cost of the aids. 

A Hearing aid and related services from us can cost approximately $1000-$3000 per ear, after ADP coverage. 

These prices represent the total out-of-pocket cost for patients, and typically include dispensing/fitting services, accessories, batteries/charger, warranties, and follow-up appointments. 

For more information, please make an appointment with our Audiologist.

Hearing aids are classified as medical devices, so they are exempt from HST. Any portion you pay out of pocket might qualify as a claim when filing your income taxes. Check with your accountant or CRA website for more details.

Every clinic has their own mission, vision & policies. We are very transparent with our pricing. We can offer our services and products at reduced prices because we do not upcharge you for any services that you do not need or want; this allows you much flexibility to take control of the financial costs associated with taking care of your hearing health. 

If you shop around & find that a particular hearing aid’s is cheaper elsewhere, then simply bring us that official quote and we will price-match but make sure to compare apple to apple. 

Only Audiologists and Physicians can legally prescribe hearing aids in Ontario.  An Audiologist is a regulated health professional who holds a master’s degree and/or a Doctorate in Audiology and several clinical practicums. To practice in Ontario, they must remain in good standing with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), which means they must meet rigid practice guidelines that ensure best practices. All hearing professionals are not AUDIOLOGIST, in most cases they can complete an online or college degree following secondary school. It is your sole decision to decide who should be your hearing professional. Invest your health & hard earn money wisely.

Yes, we do as this ensures that the devices are providing the correct amplification.

Yes, we do.

Verification: Objectively measuring the hearing aid's performance to ensure it meets prescribed targets.

Validation: Obtaining feedback from the user to ensure subjective satisfaction with the hearing aids.

Yes, our Audiologist believe providing counselling and education on proper care, usage, and maintenance of hearing aids is the key to success. We do offer troubleshooting guidance as well. Offering advice on common issues and how to troubleshoot them at home.