Hear Inc. offers a full range of hearing and audiology services for adults and children (age 5 and up). Whether you just want a baseline test, or you know it's time to talk about hearing aids, give us a call. We're here to help.
For those who need a basic test for employment or certification, we can usually squeeze you in within a day or two.
If your physician requested a diagnostic assessment, we will gladly send them a report detailing your audiological results.
If you experience a sudden hearing loss, consult medical attention as soon as possible. We can provide a hearing test, but your physician or emergency care is the first step.
Vestibular disorders occur when the balance system becomes damaged or diseased. People with vestibular problems may experience dizziness, nausea, vertigo, feeling off-balance or light-headedness. These disorders are most common in people over the age of 40, but children can also be affected. Some of the possible causes include viral and bacterial infections, head injury, some autoimmune disorders, genetic conditions, prolonged use of certain medications, environmental factors and even allergies. Our vestibular assessments allows us to identify the specific affected area within the vestibular system and provide rehabilitation or appropriate referrals for treatment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) refers to problems in the processing of auditory information in the brain. Someone with APD may have no hearing loss but have difficulty understanding spoken language.
Some common signs of APD are:
If you or your child may be experiencing APD, call to book an appointment. A thorough assessment will be completed and recommendations made. If appropriate, therapy options will be discussed.
Generally on Vancouver Island, children receive audiological services through Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). Often we are contacted by parents who either don't want to deal with the government clinic wait times or who find it easier to deal with a local clinic rather than drive downtown for service. In that case, we are able to provide testing for children at a developmental age of five or more. Test results can be forwarded to your family physician, teacher, speech pathologist or other specialist.
It's normal and healthy to have wax in your ear canals. Occasionally you might find that earwax, or cerumen, builds up to the point of blocking off the ear canal or blocking it enough to negatively impact the function of hearing aids. In that case, it may be necessary to have the wax removed. This can be done at no charge by your physician or by us for a small fee. Wax can be removed using instruments, irrigation (flushing with water), or suction (we have a very cool vacuum made just for wax removal).
Sometimes it can be hard to find time in your schedule to come in for an appointment. Maybe you live remotely, are a caregiver, or just don't like driving in town. Sometimes external factors, like maybe a global pandemic, keep you from going out for appointments. We can now offer remote audiology services via the telephone or computer if you have current hearing aids. Telecare is a great way to answer questions, keep in contact, or even make basic hearing aid adjustments when we aren't able to get together in person.
Address: 7159A West Saanich Road
Audiologist: Donna Stewart
Phone: (778) 426-4876
Address: 7819F East Saanich Road
Audiologist: Brittani Trapp
Phone: (778) 351-1145
Our audiologists are licensed by, and registrants of, the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Any unresolved concerns about our practice may be reported to:
College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia
900 - 200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4
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Hear Inc. is open for appointments. We have maintained COVID-19 policies to ensure you and our staff are safe during your visit. We ask that you call to schedule an appointment, wear a mask, and use the hand sanitizer provided when you come. All of our staff has been fully vaccinated and look forward to seeing you.