Hearing Tests for Adults

About 10 percent of Canadians have a hearing loss. This increases to 30 percent by age 65 and 50 percent for people who are 85 and older. But hearing loss can occur at any age and can affect your life in many ways. Not being able to hear others clearly may cause you to withdraw from family, friends, and social situations. Difficulty hearing in background noise or from a distance may cause difficulty in doing your job well. In some cases, your safety may be at risk.

When should I have a hearing test?

You should have a hearing test if you notice one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty hearing on the phone
  • Difficulty in conversations with more than 2 people talking
  • Difficulty hearing in background noise
  • Feel that others mumble more than they used to
  • Get tired after listening for long periods of time
  • Have to ask people to repeat themselves

Who can be referred?

Any adult who has a hearing problem or is at risk for a hearing problem may be referred.

Who can refer?

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres has an open referral policy whereby anyone can refer themselves or a loved one for a hearing test, or be referred by their family doctor.

Click here to download the NSHSC referral form.

How do I make a referral?

Referrals and questions may be directed to your local NSHSC site.