Age Groups

INFANTS (from birth - 6 months)

The screening test is performed using an instrument which measures otoacoustic emissions. The test is non invasive, painless and objective.

When the baby sleeps, the procedure takes about two minutes to be completed and gives us reliable information on the function of the baby's cochlea and therefore, hearing status.

This has been proven to be one of the ideal techniques for testing babies aged 0-6 months. It is performed at our clinic by trained and experienced audiologists who participate in the McGill neonatal hearing screening group committee.

For information on the stages of baby's communication skills The Hearing Foundation of Canada

BABIES & TODDLERS (6 months - 4 years old)

Tested by a team of two audiologists using either visual reinforcement techniques or play conditioning techniques.

The evaluation is completed in a structured, controlled and yet non threathening environment with one of the parents sitting in the sound proof room with the child in order to provide emotional reassurance at all times.

Results are discussed right away following the testing session and proper referrals are proposed to the family when needed. One copy of the written report is usually given to the parents and another is mailed to the referring source.

Noisy toys can cause damage to children's ears. For more information on this specific topic consult the websites of our professionnal associations which have teamed up together to raise public awareness on this issue : : www.sac-oac.ca.

SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN (4 1/2 years old and up)

Children falling into this category have their hearing tested with one audiologist using a combination of play and more adult like response techniques. Here again results are discussed following the evaluation and a copy of the written report is given to the parents. A copy of the report is also mailed to the referring source.

Some children will need auditory processing testing. For more information on this specific topic, visit the APD/FM systems page within this site.

To find some tools to raise your child's awareness regarding hearing health you may consult the website: www.dangerousdecibels.org

TEENAGERS

Often parents of teenagers will be concerned about hearing loss and tinnitus prevention, specifically regarding the use of MP3, IPOD, NANO and other earworn music listening devices. These devices could actually induce a permanent hearing loss and/or a tinnitus if listened to for extensive periods of time at high volume.

Another source of injury for young ears can be the dance floor. Unfortunately, we do see some older teenagers and young adults who complain of tinnitus after going to a discotheque, a club or a school dance where the volume of the music was very loud. Often, by the time they consult with us, the damage to their hearing is permanent and the prevention which can be offered is only to preclude further deterioration.

Some custom made transparent earplugs and some good quality earphones could make a significant difference! Visit our musicians' clinic website www.montrealhearingclinic.ca for information on prevention and the hearing conditions that can result by not using preventative methods and care.

ADULTS AND SENIORS

Hearing loss is a disability that frequently goes unnoticed. One in 10 Canadians has a hearing loss. More than 50% of Canadians over the age of 65 have an inner ear hearing loss. Hearing loss is serious: not only does it affect the physical sense of hearing, it affects overall well-being. Because of the communication difficulties it creates, hearing loss can lead to withdrawal from family, friends and social situations.

A hearing loss, even minimal, can contribute significantly to accelerate cognitive decline.

Signs of hearing loss in adults may include:

Speaking louder than necessary in a conversation; constantly asking for words to be repeated; straining to hear; misunderstanding conversations; favouring one ear; thinking that people always mumble; turning the television or radio up louder than usual; having difficulty hearing on the telephone; withdrawing from social contact; ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus); appearing dull and disinterested; and being slow to respond.

Common causes of hearing loss include:

The aging process; noise exposure; heredity; middle ear dysfunction; certain medications; neurological diseases or stroke; head injury; inner ear infection; or in rare cases, tumours.

Today's hearing aids are much improved and provide clear, comfortable sound. Proper hearing keeps communication flowing. Most people with hearing loss can benefit from a binaural system-a hearing aid in each ear. It provides better directionality, better clarity, and better ability to separate sounds in noise. If you have a hearing aid and are not happy with it, don't hesitate to consult again.

More information on hearing loss: Public Health Agency of Canada.

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