We are pleased to offer house calls.

Our equipment is portable and we are able to provide most of our services in the comfort of your home. However, house calls are reserved only for patients who are not capable of coming to our office.

Frequently Aasked Questions (FAQs) about House Calls

How much does East Coast Hearing charge for house calls?
We charge $65 for this service.

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Removal of excessive earwax can be an important and often necessary service for optimal hearing health. Our highly trained audiologists use a variety of methods to remove earwax. These techniques include: manual curettage, irrigation, and microsuction. Trust your ears to the experts at East Coast Hearing.

Our ears produce and oil called cerumen to protect the skin in the ear canal. Cerumen mixes with dead skin, dust, and other debris to form earwax. Usually, earwax works itself out of the ear without our help. However, in some cases ears get blocked by this wax. This can be due to an overproduction of cerumen, the shape of the ear canal (e.g. small diameter or sharp bend), or by putting things into our ear that pushes and packs wax in deeper (e.g. Q-tips).

Common symptoms of an ear blocked with wax include:

  • Decrease in hearing (often quite sudden)
  • Uncomfortable felling of fullness in the ear
  • Tinnitus (ringing and buzzing in the ear)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wax Removal

Do I need a referral to book a wax removal appointment?
No. You can self refer to any of our clinics.

How much does East Coast Hearing charge for wax removal?
We charge $80 for this service.

Is there a minimum age requirement for wax removal?
At our Bedford and Halifax clinics the minimum age is 16 years old. At our Dartmouth clinic there is no minimum age.

Will my medical insurance cover the fee?
Many plans do cover Audiology Services. However, we do not direct bill to your insurance for wax removal. We provide you with a detailed receipt so that if appropriate you can claim this yourself.

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We provide hearing tests for adults and school-aged children as well as specialized auditory processing disorder (APD) testing. Our hearing tests are performed by our experienced audiologists using the latest equipment and procedures. Following the test, we explain the results in a manner that is easily understood. 

A Robust and Effective Testing Process

East Coast Hearing provides its clients with a robust and effective hearing testing procedure:

  • The entire process begins with an understanding of what has motivated the booking of the test (e.g. job application requirements, suspected change of hearing, need for new hearing aids, etc..).
  • A detailed case history is performed (i.e. relevant medical history).
  • Next we measure how your eardrums move in response to sound and changing air pressure.
  • We place headphones on you in a sound treated room and measure the softest level you can detect sounds of various pitch (250-8000 Hz).
  • We measure how clearly you hear words in a quiet environment.
  • We measure how you hear in the presence of background noise.
  • All of the results are explained to you in a clear and concise way along with our recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hearing Tests

At what age(s) should you have your hearing tested?
We recommend anyone age 50+ obtain a baseline audiogram and to check the health of your ears. Following this, if a baseline test indicates normal hearing sensitivity, we typically recommend a repeat audiogram if patients begin to notice changes or are having concerns.

How much does a hearing test cost at East Coast Hearing?
We charge $80 for a thorough hearing evaluation.

Will my medical insurance cover the fee?
Many plans do cover Audiology Services. However, we do not direct bill to your insurance for hearing testing. We provide you with a detailed receipt so that, if appropriate, you can claim this yourself.

How long is a hearing test?
Depending upon the patient, and the requirement for the hearing test, an evaluation can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes.  Typically, we book 60 minutes so that there is ample time to explain the results, provide counseling and recommendations, and to address any questions or concerns patients and their families may have. 

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Bedford

104-81 Peakview Way
Bedford, NS B3M 0G2

(902) 407-2109

Dartmouth

101-35 Baker Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2W 0H3

(902) 468-1065

Halifax

2632 Windsor Street
Halifax, NS B3K 5C8

(902) 454-0107

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