Ontario’s provincial government says no testing is required for people with hearing loss or hearing loss-related problems, although some hearing aid manufacturers have begun testing to help people find out how to get the test.
The Ontario Hearing Services Agency says there’s been no change in its guidelines on online testing.
The agency says its hearing aids can help determine whether or not a person has hearing loss.
The hearing aid manufacturer must first test the hearing aids with an automated test kit, then provide the test results to the hearing aid retailer.
The hearing aids are typically purchased online.
Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says online testing has become a more common option for people who need to find out more about hearing loss and its causes.
He says there are also more people buying hearing aids online.
He says the Ontario Health Services Agency has not made any changes to its guidelines regarding online testing, but he hopes the information will help people decide if it’s a good idea to buy a hearing aid.
Hoskins says there should be more testing for people like him and his daughter.