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CHS Hearing Healthcare: More than 75 years of leadership and innovation

CHS Hearing Healthcare is integral to the fabric of CHS, touching virtually every department. Trust, community, neutrality, price and expertise are the reasons why every year thousands of people choose CHS as their audiology provider.

CHS has been a leader and innovator in the field of audiology – the assessment and management of hearing loss – since it was founded in 1940 to provide services to people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

Audiology was still a young field when otologist Dr. G.A. Fee – a noted specialist in the treatment of illness and injury related to the ear – joined us as a medical consultant in June 1940. Dr. Fee examined about 25% of all new clients, administered functional tests with and without hearing aids, and advised clients about possible benefits from treatment, hearing aids and lip-reading.

When the Second World War ended in 1945, much of our work was focused on helping soldiers who returned from the war with severe hearing loss. CHS obtained a grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist in providing amplification to deafened servicemen. The audiology profession grew rapidly in Canada and the United States in response to this great need and CHS was on the leading edge.

Since the 1940s, CHS has continued to take a leadership role in the provision of audiology services:

  • 1940 – CHS founded with hearing health as a mandate
  • 1951 – Hearing aid grant obtained for 5,000 deafened WWII veterans
  • 1952 – First audiometer purchased
  • 1967 – First audiologist hired in Toronto
  • 1967 – CHS establishes first clinical protocols for audiologists in Ontario
  • 1977 – Hearing Aid Program established
  • 1980s – CHS supports regulation of audiologists in Ontario
  • 1984 – Speech Language Pathology services launched in Toronto
  • 1990-present – CHS acts as training site for all university Audiology Programs in Canada
  • 1997 – Aural Rehabilitation programs launched
  • 2003 – CHS Audiology launches Healthy Hearing Program for Special Olympics in Ontario
  • 2010 – Advocates for the Disability Tax Credit for the hard of hearing
  • 2013 – Writes standards to waive spoken language requirements for Deaf applicants to Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • 2014 – Tinnitus consultations introduced
  • 2015 – Hearing Healthcare at Home launched

Present day: CHS Hearing Healthcare has modern, state-of-the-art audiology facilities
located in key CHS offices throughout Ontario, offering an array of services including hearing testinghearing aidstinnitus consultations and more. CHS is a recognized training site for all university audiology programs in Canada and the Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of Toronto. We continue to be a trusted consultant to the government in the area of hearing loss.

CHS Hearing Healthcare is integral to the fabric of CHS, touching virtually every department. Trust, community, neutrality, price and expertise are the reasons why every year thousands of people choose CHS as their audiology provider.

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