Audiology (Hearing)

What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists identify, assess, and provide intervention to individuals of all ages who have hearing loss or who are at risk of having hearing loss.   Some clients are also seen for balance assessments, based upon referral from an ear, nose and throat specialist.

What We Do
A variety of tests can be completed depending on the age of the client and the concerns presented.   Intervention is most commonly provided in the form of communication strategies as well as the recommendation of hearing aids if appropriate.  

Audiologists in Western Health fit hearing aids through the Provincial Hearing Aid Program for those who qualify.

Audiologists also provide education to their clients, other professionals, and the general public regarding topics related to hearing such as the signs of hearing loss and prevention of hearing loss.

Western Health offers a universal newborn hearing screening program.  Infants born at Western Memorial Regional Hospital have their hearing screened by nursing staff.   Any necessary follow up on these infants is conducted through the Audiology Departments of Western Health following hospital discharge. Infants who present with any of the following high risk factors for hearing loss are  referred to the Audiology Department for assessment:

-  Affected Family
-  Birthweight less than 1500 gms
-  Congenital Infections such as toxoplasmosis, syphilis, rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes
-  Defects of ears, nose and throat. (craniofacial anomalies)
-  Hyperbilirubinemia
-  Ototoxic medications
-  Low apgar scores
-  Bacterial or viral meningitis
-  Stigmata or other findings associated with a syndrome known to include sensorineural hearing loss.

For more information about the program, download our brochure (pdf)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can refer?
Referrals are accepted from a number of service providers.  Self- referrals are also accepted.

Download Referral Form (pdf) here

How old does my child have to be to have his/her hearing tested?
There is no age limit for hearing testing.

How long will I have to wait for a hearing test?
Wait times are very lengthy for routine referrals and does vary throughout the region.  Children are typically given priority.   Adult referrals are prioritized as necessary.

Do you sell hearing aids?
No, Western Health does not sell hearing aids, however our audiologists issue hearing aids through the Provincial Hearing Aid Program at no cost to those who qualify.   These clients are initially seen in the audiology department for a hearing assessment.   All children under the age of 19 and full time post-secondary students with hearing loss automatically qualify.   Additionally, lower income adults (as determined by financial assessment) with hearing loss may also be candidates for this program.

       
OFFICE LOCATIONS
Staff are located in Corner Brook and Stephenville.   Travelling clinics to the Northern Peninsula are held twice a year (spring and fall) and regular clinics are held in Port aux Basques throughout the year.

Western Health
Rehabilitation Annex
127 Montana Drive
Stephenville, NL
A2N 2T4
Telephone:  709-643-8690

Western Health
Ground Floor
Western Memorial Regional Hospital
P.O. Box 2005
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 6J7
Telephone:   709-637-5374

 
LINKS

Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists  

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Canadian Academy of Audiologists

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

American Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists