Infants up to two months of age (corrected) are eligible to receive a hearing screen at one of our community clinics if they:
- Are a permanent resident of Ontario and
- Did not receive a hearing screen at birth in the hospital, or
- Received a refer result on the hospital screen, and have no risk factors for hearing loss.
Infants over two months but under 6 months of age can be referred to one of our audiologists for an assessment if certain risk factors for hearing loss are identified.
Those over six months but under six years must be identified with a permanent hearing loss by a community audiologist prior to being referred into the program for services.
A history of ear infections or a speech and language delay, on their own, are not sufficient for a referral into the program.
Children six years of age and older are not eligible for referral into the program and should be seen by a community audiologist.
The Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program serves residents of York and Durham Regions, Peterborough, Northumberland and Haliburton Counties and the City of Kawartha Lakes. If you meet the criteria for a community screen, please click here to book an appointment online. To make a referral for an audiology assessment, you may download our referral form here. If you have further questions about the program or eligibility, please call us at 1-888-703-5437 (select option 4, for the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program).