We are part of Developmental Pediatrics Rehabilitation Services, McMaster Children's Hospital and we are located at:
Chedoke site, McMaster Children's Hospital
565 Sanatorium Road
Evel Building, First Floor
Phone: (905) 521-7951
or (905) 521-2100 x77810
Fax: (905) 521-4994
The Audiology Service serves adults and children who have concerns about their hearing, are hard of hearing or have pathologies associated with the ear or auditory pathway. The service places emphasis on special populations such as newborns, infants, children with developmental, physical and emotional problems and the elderly. Audiology provides a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services, including prescribing and dispensing hearing aids.
Dispensary and Hearing Aid Accessories:
The department also provides hearing aid sales and service, an important part of the rehabilitation process for audiology clients.
Making a referral:
It is easy to arrange a referral and an appointment in Audiology. Please ask your family physician to either call our department (905-521-7951) or fax in a referral (905-521-4994).
The Audiology Team:
The audiology team consists of Registered Audiologists who are members of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDAs) and administrative support staff.
The hearing aid dispensary is staffed by Dispensing Audiologists who are registered with the Assistive Devices Program, W.S.I.B., Veteran's Affairs Canada and Indian Affairs Canada.
The team is the Audiology provider for the MCYS Infant Hearing Program for Hamilton, Brantford, Niagara and Haldimand Norfolk.
Your visit to Audiology:
Please be sure to bring your health card to your visit. During your first visit you will be asked to fill in a general health information form. You will then visit with an audiologist who will perform necessary testing and make recommendations.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please call the office 24 hours in advance of your appointment. This allows us to offer the available time to another client on our wait list. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.
Frequently Asked questions
Q. Does my doctor need to make a referral?
Yes. It is easy to arrange a referral and an appointment in Audiology. Please ask your doctor to either call our department (905-521-7951) or fax in a referral (905-521-4994).
Q. Do I need to pay for a hearing test?
A. The hearing test is covered by OHIP.
Q. What if I need a hearing aid?
A. If the audiologist recommends that a hearing aid would help you, he or she will arrange for a hearing aid evaluation. At this appointment, the audiologist will discuss the various types, circuits and styles of hearing aids that would be suitable for you. He or she will recommend a specific hearing aid for you and you will receive the necessary paperwork to obtain the hearing aid at a hearing aid dispenser of your choice. This appointment is not covered by OHIP.
Q. How much do hearing aids cost?
A. Hearing aids vary in cost. Most people can also receive funding through the Assistive Devices Program, which contributes $500 PER EAR towards the cost of the hearing aid. Our audiologists will help you understand the differences between the hearing aid technologies and the costs involved.
Q. How old does my child have to be to have a hearing test?
A. A hearing test can be done at any age.
Q. How much is parking?
A. There is a flat rate of $5. You will need to pay with change at the exits (toonies or loonies). There are change machines in the lobby of the Holbrook, Wilcox, and Evel Buildings.