Halton Hearing Centre
Within Verso Surgery Centre’s convenient Toronto location, the Halton Hearing Centre provides solutions for a variety of patients. Melissa McFadden is the founder and Chief Audiologist of our renowned, comprehensive hearing centre and enjoys partnering with Dr. Jack Kolenda. The centre sees clients for a full range of services, including hearing aid sales with a wide selection of hearing aid options, hearing aid repairs, hearing loss assessment tests and quality hearing aid batteries.
A hearing test examines the effectiveness of your hearing. It determines whether you hear normally, or if you’ve developed hearing loss. The assessment will evaluate all the different frequencies you can hear and learn where in the spectrum you’ve lost function, and to what degree. This type of analysis can also let us know what kind of hearing reduction you have and the likely causes.
There’s no need to feel nervous- the test doesn’t feel uncomfortable. It involves wearing special headphones, listening to sounds and responding to your audiologist. They will look in your ears, ask you questions and play a series of specialized tones and voices for you. Assessments will usually take about 30 minutes.
Sometimes people don’t pursue hearing testing until they’ve lost a noticeable amount of function, but we recommend that this testing be a regular part of health check-ups for everyone because you will not necessarily notice when the deficits first occur. A hearing test will help you obtain a baseline of current hearing levels to compare with future test results. Initial hearing assessment is typically recommended for those over the age of 50, and periodic re-assessment is suggested for ongoing monitoring.
We offer only the highest quality devices from trusted industry leaders, and we provide exceptional customer service and advice. The Halton Hearing Centre is warm, inviting and dedicated to ensuring each client feels comfortable. We’ll exceed your expectations when you visit us for your hearing needs. learn more.
Products and services we offer
What does it cost to have a hearing test?
We provide the first diagnostic hearing test free of charge for adults with suspected or known impairment, and no referral is required. There will be a fee related to tests necessary for driver’s licenses, various employment and for RCMP and other police training programs. Please ask us for further details.
A hearing assessment at the Halton Hearing Centre comes with no obligation. If your professional recommends an assistive device or hearing aid, they’ll also provide you with detailed options and advice that allows you to consider the various possibilities for your hearing need. Today the possibilities are nearly endless, and there are technologically advanced yet discrete assistive devices to suit any age, fashion or lifestyle. Let us show you what’s possible to improve your hearing.
Do you live in Hamilton, Mississauga or Toronto and have hearing loss? Here are the common symptoms
Do the people around you often seem to mumble or speak too quietly? For many people, this is one of the first signs of reduced listening ability, but they don’t recognize that it is not other people who are quieter, rather their own hearing has diminished. If people need to repeat things for you, or it’s hard for you to understand those facing away or not in the same room, you may have a hearing deficit.
Do any of these sound familiar:
- Do you have difficulty detecting high-pitched tones like music, birdsong, women’s or children’s voices?
- It‘s difficult to follow the conversation in a loud/noisy environment such as a party or restaurant.
- You tend to stay home more often because it’s challenging to follow other people’s conversations.
- People ask you to turn down the television or radio when you are listening.
- You have difficulties hearing people you talk to over the phone.
- You have trouble understanding people who whisper
- You have difficulty determining the direction a sound comes from, such as approaching cars.
- You find yourself saying “pardon, what” more often.
If three or more of these situations apply to you, we recommend that you visit us at the Halton Hearing Centre and have a baseline hearing test done so you can get a complete picture of your hearing function and needs. The test is easy, and we’ll never pressure you to make a purchase, but understanding your personal hearing ability can be eye-opening and helpful for many people.
How do hearing loss symptoms affect a person’s life?
You may have already noticed some undesirable outcomes from hearing problems of your own, or for someone you know. The decreased function is often subtle and slow for those over 50, with the higher end of the spectrum diminishing first. Signs may appear as:
- Reduced attention span
- Difficulty understanding conversations
- Decreased communication with others
- Loss of memory linked with dementia (Lin, et al., 2011)
- More overly cautious behaviour
- Decreased job performance
- Feeling left out/ not acknowledged by others
- Depressed, irritable or isolated
It’s never too early to be proactive about your hearing. Many people wait ten years or more after noticing hearing deficits, before seeking help. Do you know as many as 1 in 6 people may have impaired hearing and over 700 million people worldwide suffer from this issue? You’re not alone! People may feel self-conscious about hearing difficulties, but early intervention can actually help prevent some degree of further impairment. Hearing aid devices help maintain the neural pathways which are responsible for processing all sounds around you, and continuous stimulation can avoid degradation of speech understanding. Delays in getting assistance might cause more difficulty adjusting to hearing aids.
Unfortunately, exhibiting symptoms of reduced hearing is often more noticeable to others than we’d like to think but today’s modern hearing aids aren’t noticeable at all. Take the first step; contact us at the Halton Hearing Centre.
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- Toronto hearing loss- What are the causes of impairment?
- Numerous contributing factors lead to damage or reduction of one’s hearing.
Noise-induced loss of hearing can present a problem for all age groups, and up to 8.5% of young people between the ages of 20-30 now have less functional hearing ability than they should. As we age, the delicate structures within our ears that conduct sound may have been damaged and will not transmit as well. Though sudden, loud stimulus can injure hearing, more often the reduction in function comes from many years of steady, prolonged exposure to high decibel level noise. Recreational activities like riding motorcycles or snowmobiles, along with work-related sounds of construction or music can impact hearing structures. A relatively new problem aside from gradual wear and tear is the excessive volumes of headphones. The vibration level of most headphones and the volume levels they are used at are affecting young people more often than in the past. Noise-related hearing damage is permanent.
Presbycusis is a medical term for age-related hearing loss. Alterations cause the cells and nerves of the inner ear due to advancing years. This type may range from mild to severe and is permanent.
The build-up of ear wax is an ongoing issue for many people. A foreign body, swelling or debris that blocks the ear canal will reduce the passage of sound waves and impair hearing. This type of impairment is typically temporary and easy to treat.
Some medications are toxic to the inner ear nerves. They may lead to temporary tinnitus ( ringing in the ears) or permanent loss of function. These include Aspirin, antibiotics, Viagra, antimalarials or some diuretics. Chemotherapy drugs can also lead to permanent hearing damage.
Injuries to the head or ears can lead to sudden, dramatic hearing loss. That is because the delicate inner structures such as ossicles of the middle ear may become broken or dislodged under impact. Though damaged eardrums often heal, hearing can be affected in the long term if structures were changed.
Ear infections often cause reduced hearing ability. Children are prone to ear infections, also known as swimmer’s ear, because of the shape of their ear canal and eustachian tubes. Fluid may accumulate in the middle ear and become a physical barrier for the clear passage of sound. Ear infections and fluid are treated medically and often clear on their own as well.
Otosclerosis is the term for a condition affecting the middle ear bones. This structural problem can often be treated surgically.
Acoustic Neuroma describes a benign tumour on the auditory nerve. Other growths such as exostoses, osteomas or glomus tumours may block the ear canal.
Meniere’s Disease is a condition frequently characterized by tinnitus and vertigo, while also diminishing hearing ability.
Illnesses resulting in high fevers such as meningitis, mumps, and measles may damage hair cells of the inner ear, leading to permanent impairment. During pregnancy, illness contracted by the mother may also lead to diminished hearing function for her unborn child. Parasitic infections such as toxoplasmosis may result in birth defects and hearing loss so handling undercooked meat or cat litter should be avoided.
The hearing loss a person’s genes are predisposed to may be conductive, sensorineural, or mixed. Hearing reduction due to genetics also include syndromes such as Down Syndrome, Waardenburg Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Crouzon Syndrome, or Neurofibromatosis.
Other medical factors which may affect hearing include:
Interrupting blood flow to the brain or inner ear structures may lead to damage and deficits. Health conditions affecting blood circulation include Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Elevated Blood Pressure, and autoimmune disorders. Loss of hearing caused by rheumatoid arthritis or autoimmune inner ear disease can occur in both ears or just one. This type of loss may fluctuate or progress steadily.
Hearing impairment types are highly individual
Conductive hearing problems
When the ear canal or the small sound conducting structures in the middle ear is in some way impaired, conductive loss occurs. Transmission of vibrations from the outer world to the middle ear is interrupted. A build-up of ear wax in the canal, perforated eardrum or fluid behind the eardrum fall into this category. Damaged or defective ossicle bones also constitute conductive loss and may be surgically or medically treated.
The most common hearing loss type, over 90% of all those who wear hearing aids have a sensorineural loss related to the auditory nerve. The micro-hair cells of the inner ear, once damaged, are unable to convert vibrations into the signals required for the hearing nerve. Long-term exposure to high decibel noise is a critical factor for this type of loss.
At our Toronto hearing loss centre, we want to make treatment convenient and comfortable
We’ll even conduct home visits. We have valued clients who have difficulty visiting us in person or who do not have transportation, so we’re happy to make treatment and assessment easier with home hearing screenings and hearing aid consultations. Please contact us to inquire about applicable fees for this service.
Melissa McFadden is an experienced Clinical and Dispensing Audiologist, since 2006, and she shares the Verso Surgery Centre facility with Dr. Jack Kolenda in a state-of-the-art ENT Clinic. Melissa enjoys seeing patients of all ages and backgrounds for assessment and specializes in prescription and dispensing of assistive listening devices (ALDs) and hearing aids. She also offers customization and repairs of hearing instruments. When you see our caring, professional staff, you’ll receive personalized recommendations and counselling regarding your hearing.
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