The Importance of Routine Hearing Tests

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent and fastest growing chronic health conditions facing Canadians today. Whether you are an older adult or a child starting school, it is important to have your hearing assessed regularly by a certified audiologist. You do not need a doctor's referral to have your hearing tested.

The hearing test guidelines below have been adapted from various hearing health organizations across North America.

Infancy to Adolescence:

  • Newborn hearing screening within the first few weeks after birth 
  • Before starting school 
  • Annually from kindergarten to grade 3
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 11

Young Adulthood (18 yr. to 55 yr.):

  • Every 5-10 years 
  • Every 2 years for individuals with risk factors for hearing loss (see below)

Older Adults (55 yr. +):

  • Every 2 years

If you have a known hearing loss:

  • Annually until your hearing loss has stabilized 
  • Every 2 years following stabilization of hearing loss

Common Risk Factors for Hearing Loss

  • Occupational noise exposure (e.g. farming, construction, factory work, etc.)
  • Recreational noise exposure (e.g. loud music, hunting, motorcycling, etc.)
  • Having an immediate family member with hearing loss
  • Use of some medications 
  • Some illnesses (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, meningitis, etc.)
  • Head trauma

For more information on what happens during a hearing test, please click here.