The CTCCK’s Audiology Program is made up of registered audiologists who complete diagnostic hearing tests and provide hearing related consultations and counselling for clients and families of all ages, both children and adults. The audiologists at Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) all possess a masters or doctoral degree in the area of audiology. They are all licensed in the province of Ontario and are registered through the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).
The audiology team provides diagnostic assessment and treatment for infants, children, and adults with hearing loss. They work closely with the client and client’s family to determine the best steps towards effective treatment using a variety of solutions, including:
- Hearing aids
- Amplification Devices
- Assisted Listening Devices
Our audiologists are part of a larger rehabilitation team at CTC-CK. They work closely with other healthcare professionals to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to our clients’ communication and developmental needs.
All diagnostic testing is provided at no charge through The Ministry of Children and Youth Services for children up to the age of 18. A fee will apply for those 18 and older.
- Audiological Assessment
- Otoscopy: Assessment of the outer ear and ear drum
- Immittance Testing: Assessment of the middle ear and auditory nerve function
- Threshold Testing: Assessment of hearing sensitivity at a range of frequencies
- Otoacoustic Emission Measures: Assessment of the inner ear or cochlear function
- Speech Audiometry: Evaluation of the processing ability of various parts of the auditory system, using speech signals
- Auditory Brainstem Response Testing
- A test to measure the auditory nerves response to sounds.
- Central auditory processing (CAP) evaluation
- For children who are having difficulty recognizing, remembering or understanding what they hear.
- CAP testing can be performed for any child, with normal hearing, aged 7 and over with no diagnosis of intellectual delay.
- A referral for testing from the child’s school is required.
- Caregivers are encouraged to contact their child’s school to obtain this referral, if appropriate.
- CAP testing is also available for adults through self-referral. Fees will apply.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Following diagnostic assessment, if it is determined the client would benefit from amplification or an assistive listening device, a comprehensive hearing aid evaluation is completed where the following topics may be discussed.
- Hearing Aids
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Auditory Rehab
- Daily Listening Needs
- Funding options for devices including:
- Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
Infant Hearing Program (IHP)
The CTC-CK is a service provider of the Ontario Infant Hearing Program (IHP) which is a province-wide program delivered through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. It is designed to facilitate early identification of infants with permanent hearing loss and to provide ongoing support and treatment from birth to age six.
A medical referral is not required for Audiology
services at the CTC-CK.
All hearing tests are free for children under the age of 18 years. A fee applies for those 18 years and older.
For all general questions, information on additional resources, or to initiate a referral
please contact us at 519-354-0520.