Hearing Tests

hearing testOur experienced audiologists work with adults of all ages to assess your hearing ability and offer you an individualized solution if you have hearing loss.

When to get a hearing test (signs of hearing loss)

A hearing test is recommended for anyone over age 50 – or sooner if hearing loss is suspected – to identify and address any hearing loss as soon as possible.

Below are common signs of hearing loss:

  • thinking that people mumble (you can hear people talking, but can’t make out the words)
  • having difficulty hearing in background noise
  • frequently asking people to repeat themselves
  • having difficulty understanding speech if someone is not looking directly at you
  • straining to hear
  • favouring one ear
  • turning the television or radio up louder than usual
  • having difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • avoiding certain social situations because you are not able to participate
  • speaking louder than necessary in conversation
  • ringing or buzzing in one or both ears
  • appearing dull and disinterested, slow to respond, or just not quite “with it”

What to expect at a hearing test

  • Your ear canals will be examined for wax or any medical issues. Referral to the Baycrest Ear, Nose and Throat clinic can be arranged if necessary through your physician.
  • Your hearing will be tested.
  • Your lifestyle and hearing needs will be assessed.
  • Together, you and your audiologist will decide which management options best meet your needs.
  • Any amplification devices recommended by the audiologist may be purchased at Baycrest.
  • Your audiologist will design and implement rehabilitation strategies for you and your loved ones.

How to book a hearing test

Hearing tests are covered by OHIP on referral from a physician.

Referrals should be faxed to 416 785 4213.

Please call for more information or to make an appointment at 416-785-2476 or Email us at hearing@baycrest.org

Download the Physician Referral Form

Five-Minute Hearing Test

If you think you may have a hearing loss, take this 5 minute hearing test:

Give yourself the following points for each answer to the questions below:

  • Almost always: 3 points
  • Half the time: 2 points
  • Occasionally: 1 point
  • Never: 0 points
  1. I have a problem hearing over the telephone.
  2. I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.
  3. People complain that I turn the TV volume too high.
  4. I have to strain to understand conversations.
  5. I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or the doorbell ringing.
  6. I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a party.
  7. I get confused about where sounds come from.
  8. I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.
  9. I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.
  10. I have worked in noisy environments (assembly lines, jackhammers, jet engines, etc.).
  11. Many people mumble when they talk, or don’t speak clearly.
  12. People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.
  13. I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.
  14. I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I’ll reply improperly.
  15. Family members and friends have told me they think I may have a hearing loss.

Your Total = _____

Scoring:

  • 0 – 5 Your hearing is probably fine and no action is required.
  • 6 – 9 We suggest that you have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist.
  • 10+ We strongly recommend that you have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist

Home visits

For adults who cannot access our office due to physical, cognitive and/or psychiatric disabilities, or who would prefer hearing care at home, our hearing services may be provided in the home (for a fee) upon request.