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Seniors and Hearing Loss

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One in three people older than 60 years of age have some degree of hearing loss and one in two people over the age of 85 will have hearing loss.  Hearing loss is related to the aging process, and it is a combination of changes to blood flow and the structures of the inner ear, changes to the nerve of hearing, and how the brain processes speech and sounds.

We usually see a gradual hearing loss that affects the high-pitched sounds (i.e., birds singing, leaves rustling in the wind…) and the hearing loss is noticed by the subtle changes in hearing over time.  Common symptoms of age-related hearing loss include having difficulty hearing softer voices, women and children’s voices, and speech in the presence of background noises, as well as the loss of speech clarity.

Hearing loss related to the aging process can be increased by other factors such as diabetes, poor blood circulation, noise exposure and certain medications.  Moreover, adults who have hearing loss, yet they go untreated (they do not wear hearing aids) can experience a decreased quality of life.  Hearing loss has been linked to depression, anxiety, cognitive decline and poor social relationships.

The best way to treat hearing loss is with hearing aids.  Today’s hearing aids are digital and can automatically adjust to sound, ensuring that speech is comfortable and natural sounding.

If you think you or a loved one has a hearing loss, we will strongly recommend that you come visit us at the Hearing Institute of Ontario or you can schedule a free hearing test and consultation by calling 1-888-664-2999.  We look forward to supporting you through your hearing journey.

At the Hearing Institute of Ontario, your hearing health is important to us.
Contact our Mississauga, Oakville or Scarborough office for a FREE consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced audiologists, to discuss the best hearing solution for your hearing loss type.

Differences Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Dispenser

Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are both professionals trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance issues, but their roles, educational backgrounds, and scopes of practice differ. Here are some key differences:

Educational Background


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Scope of Practice


Hearing Instrument Specialist

Regulatory Bodies


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Services Provided


Hearing Instrument Specialist

All client care at Hearing Institute of Ontario is provided by certified Audiologists who are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario


Book your no cost, no obligation hearing test today. Learn if you have a hearing loss and get expert advice from our certified audiologist about  how to improve your hearing.

Call us today at 1-888-664-2999 or use the green button below to schedule your free hearing test and get started on your journey to better hearing.


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Conditions: Offer expires May 31, 2023 and applies to the purchase of any Premium technology hearing aids from Signia, Widex and Phonak. Private sales only. Standard dispensing fee applies to both hearing aids.