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Children's hearing tests are available in the Saskatchewan Health Authority through clinics in Regina and Saskatoon. These clinics also have children's hearing aids available for purchase. Hearing tests and hearing aids for children may also be accessed in private clinics where available.
To access hearing tests and hearing aids for children through the Saskatchewan Health Authority, please contact:
Hearing tests and hearing aids for adults are available only through private clinics.
The Hearing Services Q&A provides more information.
The Saskatchewan Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program is available in hospitals across the province that regularly deliver babies. Newborns receive a hearing screening test before being discharged from the hospital to identify any early signs of hearing difficulty. By identifying any early signs of hearing loss, the language and literacy skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be improved.
Communities that offer the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program include:
Newborn hearing screening is painless, safe, simple and quick. Sound is delivered to a baby's ear and audiology equipment registers if the baby heard the sound. If the baby does not pass their hearing screen, an appointment will be scheduled with an audiologist for more detailed testing.
Newborn hearing screening tests are currently available only to babies born in hospitals. Newborn hearing tests for babies born outside the hospital may be available in the future as the program is further developed.
For more information about hearing health services, please contact the Saskatchewan Health Authority at 306-655-6747.
There is a charge for hearing tests and hearing aids whether purchased through the health authority or private clinics. Hearing tests and hearing aids are a benefit for individuals with coverage under the Supplementary Health Benefits (children and adults) and Family Health Benefits (children). For more information about hearing services covered through these programs, contact Supplementary Health at: 306-787-3124 or 1-800-266-0695 or visit the Supplementary Health Benefits page.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority provides auditory brainstem response testing and support services for cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing devices. These services are available for adults and children. The Hearing Services Q&A provides more information.
Private sector hearing aid businesses are licensed under The Hearing Aid Sales and Services Act and regulations in order to operate in Saskatchewan. Only those with licensed audiologists may provide services to children.
The business is required to post the annually-issued licence in a prominent location on the premises.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for issuing the licence, monitoring compliance to the legislation, and investigating complaints. If you have concerns about the hearing aid services you received in the private sector and wish to make a complaint, please complete the Complaint Reporting Form or contact the Ministry of Health:
Community Care Branch
1st Floor, T.C. Douglas Building
3475 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4S 6X6
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