What is it?
Audiology is concerned with hearing and hearing loss, and audiologists can assess hearing, address hearing loss, and prevent related hearing damage.
Who is it for?
Audiology is for anyone with a hearing problem. As Eeyou Istchee’s audiology services are just in the first phase of being implemented, they only address the needs of young children.
Where is it offered?
Currently, audiology tests are offered only in Mistissini, where equipment is available. By the end of 2019, the aim is to make the hearing screening services available to three other communities.
What is it like?
The hearing screening test is simple and faster than a hearing test, which would take place in a hospital.
To start, hearing is measured by a probe (a soft rubber plug) inserted at the edge of the ear canal so the audiologist can carry out some tests. Depending on the result of the first test, more tests may have to be performed. All of these procedures are painless.
How long does it last?
The initial tests last only a few minutes and the results are available immediately. The longest of the subsequent tests, if necessary, lasts for about 10 minutes.
How can I get this service?
If you are in the Mistissini area, contact the Awash team at the CMC to access audiology testing for suspected hearing problems.