What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are educated in prevention, identification, assessment, treatment, and (re)habilitation of hearing loss in adults and children. They are authorized to prescribe hearing aids when necessary.
An audiologist is a regulated health professional with a minimum of a Masters degree. To obtain this degree, a minimum of six years post-secondary education is required, plus 750 clinical hours completed.
A six month mentorship program must be completed after this, to be a full General member of CASLPO.
Learn more about Andrea Dunn and her audiology education.
What are the Signs of Hearing Loss?
You could be experiencing hearing loss if one or more of these signs relate to you:
- Ringing / buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
- Thinking people are “mumbling”
- Difficulty hearing conversations with groups of people
- Turning the television up louder & louder
- Asking people to repeat what they have said
- Withdrawing from social situations
If you are experiencing any of these signs of hearing loss, schedule a hearing evaluation with Dunn Audiology right away.
Are There Different Types of Hearing Loss?
Yes, there are three different types of hearing loss:
- Sensorineural hearing loss
- Inner ear is affected
- Conductive hearing loss
- Middle ear is affected
- Mixed hearing loss
- Combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing losses
What are the Causes of Hearing Loss?
For sensorineural hearing loss, some hearing loss causes may be:
- Age related
- Long term noise exposure
- Some medications
- Genetic factors
For conductive hearing loss, causes may include:
- Excessive cerumen (ear wax)
- Fluid in middle ear
- Abnormal function of middle ear bones
- Perforated tympanic membrane (hole in ear drum)
How do I Know Which Hearing Aid is Right for me?
There are many different styles of hearing aids. The appropriate hearing aid is determined by a variety of factors that are uncovered during a thorough hearing test conducted by an audiologist. If it is determined that you would benefit from a hearing aid, Andrea & Megan will discuss the pro’s and con’s to each style, and together you would decide which hearing device is most appropriate for you.
What are the Costs of Hearing Aids?
There is a wide range of hearing aid prices, which are dictated by the technology level within the hearing aid. With Dunn Audiology, you can choose which technology level is appropriate for your lifestyle and hearing needs.
There are multiple funding opportunities.
- Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
- Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)
- Personal Insurance
We will help determine if you could qualify for funding, and will fill out the necessary paperwork. Dunn Audiology is registered with ODSP, IFHP, ADP, WSIB, VAC, and multiple insurance companies.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound, when there is no external auditory stimulus. It can be described as a ringing, buzzing, or noise in a person’s ears. This sound can be very bothersome to some individuals. There are many theories to why this sound is perceived, but it can be a sign of hearing loss. Start with a hearing evaluation at Dunn Audiology, and potential tinnitus treatment options can be discussed.
Meet Our Audiologists
Andrea & Megan
If you have any questions about hearing loss or devices, the first place to start is a consultation with one of our experienced audiologists. A thorough hearing exam can uncover the cause of your hearing impairment, and together, a path forward can be discussed.
Andrea Dunn is the owner of Dunn Audiology, and a registered audiologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. Andrea grew up in the same Byron community that she now serves. She was drawn to the audiology profession for the opportunity to help people improve their daily lives with enhanced hearing. The fast-paced nature of the industry means that she is continuously refining her approach and learning about emerging technologies. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys playing golf, cooking, and hiking with her three young children and husband.
Megan Martin has experience in both pediatric and adult hearing testing, and is a registered audiologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. The best part of working in audiology for Megan is seeing significant improvements in her patient’s quality of life. Hearing from patient’s family members that they’ve seen positive changes in their loved ones hearing is the most rewarding experience for Megan. She’s a compassionate professional and a lifelong learner.
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