If you do not see the answer to your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Do I need a referral to see an Audiologist?
NO. You do not need a referral to see an Audiologist.
- Who will be providing my hearing health care?
Your Hearing Health Care 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 test children ages 8 and up for hearing loss. We test children 8 years and up for Central Auditory Processing (CAP Test).
- What do you think about ear candling?
The practice of ear candling has recently become popular as an alternative therapy. Some promoters say it is an ancient treatment that can cure a number of medical problems. Don’t listen: ear candling is dangerous, and has no proven medical benefits. Health Canada does not recommend the use of ear candling to remove wax from your ears. Please read Health Canada’s Position on Ear Candling.
You can also read warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) here.
An excellent review the subject can be read at the Quackwatch website here.
- Is there any government funding available to me if I need a hearing aid?
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) will help cover a part of the cost every 3 years, if needed. You must have a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan Card (OHIP) to access this funding. Amherstburg Audiology & Hearing Aids is a registered ADP Vendor.
- Do you provide financing?
- How much will my insurance plan cover?
All insurance plans are different. We suggest you contact your insurance provider to find out how much your specific plan covers.
- Do you have digital hearing aids?
YES. 99.9% of hearing aids are digital.
- Can I claim the cost of hearing aids on my taxes?
Hearing aids, hearing aid repairs and hearing aid batteries are all allowable medical expenses. Please ask your accountant for more details. You can find a list of eligible expense on the CRA website here.
- My family doctor suggested that I purchase one of those amplifiers that you see in magazines and on TV, to treat my hearing loss. Do you sell those?
NO. If I were you, I would consider looking for a new doctor. If you went to your doctor complaining about vision problems, would you not be concerned if he told you to go to a dollar store to buy glasses instead of sending you to an Optometrist? These personal amplifiers are NOT intended to be used by individuals with hearing loss. In fact, those amplifiers are only to be used by people with normal hearing. Please read the U.S. Food and Drug Administration position on this practice.
If you have any concerns about your hearing, get tested by an audiologist.
- I saw a $20.00 dollar hearing aid advertised on the internet. Is that a good hearing aid? Should I buy one?
By all means, yes, buy a $20.00 hearing aid. That is, buy a $20.00 hearing aid if you are the sort of person who would buy a $100.00 car, or a $5.00 set of false teeth, or if you’re comfortable jumping out of an airplane with a $10.00 parachute… As with all commodities, you get what you pay for…
To be honest, a decent mid level technology hearing aid will cost you anywhere between $1000.00 – $2000.00. For the price conscious patient a basic hearing aid starts at $795.00. NOTE: ADP funding has already been deducted from these prices.
- I have nerve damage hearing loss and was told that hearing aids will not help. Is that true?
Nerve damage hearing loss is actually sensorineural hearing loss. 95% of patient treated with hearing aids have sensorineural hearing loss. Have your hearing tested by an audiologist to determine what treatment options are suitable for your specific loss.
- What is your return policy?
You have 60 days from the date of dispense to return your hearing aids. This is a no hassle return policy, however, there is a $150.00 return fee.