What is an Audiologist?
An Audiologist is a hearing healthcare expert who specializes in the prevention, identification, assessment, treatment
and rehabilitation of hearing difficulties in both adults and children. They provide hearing assessments, and hearing
aid prescriptions, fittings and adjustments as needed.
What can I expect from an appointment?
At your first appointment, you will be asked some questions about your hearing difficulties and health history in
general. The Audiologist will look in your ears with an otoscope and complete a variety of hearing tests using a
sound-proof booth. These procedures are not invasive or painful. When your assessment is complete, the
Audiologist will share the results with you and make appropriate recommendations for treatment, if necessary. This
will be followed by a discussion about hearing aids and the benefits they may offer you. A follow-up appointment will
be arranged in about a week to fit your customized hearing aids. You will be provided with instructions on the care
and use of hearing aids, as well as the necessary counseling and education to ensure that you get the most out of
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a sound or noise (e.g. ringing or buzzing) that an individual hears in their ears or head. This sound does
not come from an outside source but rather internally. It can range from barely noticeable to extremely loud, and it
may cause the individual a great deal of stress and anxiety.
What causes Tinnitus?
It is still unknown as to what specifically causes tinnitus. It can be as simple as a build-up of wax or an ear infection.
Some people experience tinnitus as a side effect to certain medications. Other causes include inner-ear diseases
and trauma to the head and neck. Frequent exposure to loud noises can also cause tinnitus.
What can I do if I think I have Tinnitus?
If you suspect that you have tinnitus, you should schedule an appointment to discuss possible cause and optional
Are two hearing aids better than one?
Generally, yes! Most people with a correctible hearing loss will benefit greatly from wearing two hearing aids. This
allows for the most effective balanced hearing and comfortable communication in a variety of everyday situations.
For example, you may achieve better hearing in noisy situations, improved localization (to determine the direction
from which a sound is coming from), avoid possible deterioration of the unaided ear, and enjoy a fuller, more
What are digital hearing aids?
Digital technology is the most advanced technology available in the hearing aid market today. It offers more flexibility,
more options on the hearing aid, and better sound quality compared with other types of hearing aids. Almost all
hearing aids sold today are digital.
How much do hearing aids cost?
The total cost of purchasing hearing aids differs from province to province and depends on third party funding
programs. There are several programs that can provide you with financial assistance towards the purchase of
hearing instruments. Contact Kennebecasis Valley Hearing Centre to determine if you qualify.
What are Assistive Listening Devices?
Assistive Listening Devices are products that can help individuals who have a hearing loss maintain their
communication independence. Typically, a hearing aid makes all sounds louder, whereas an Assistive Listening
Devices can increase the loudness of a desired sound.
For example, these devices can work together with hearing aids to amplify a radio, television set or alarm system;
or they can turn an auditory alarm, such as a smoke signal, into a visual alarm, such as a strobe light.