If you’re looking for help with a hearing health challenge in the Guelph, Kitchener, Simcoe, or Waterloo areas, then you have a number of options available to you, ranging from hearing aid dispensers to audiologists and Doctors of Audiology.

In this article, I’m going to give you a detailed breakdown of the best local providers to help you find the best hearing health partner for your specific needs.

Why Are We Doing This?

Hearing loss is a growing problem, and it’s becoming more prominent in younger and younger people. This is a big concern, and it’s more important than ever for young people to take care of their hearing from an early age to preserve it for years to come.

One of the things that holds many people back from treating their hearing challenges is the confusion of whom to visit and whom to trust.

We at Arnold Hearing Centres are fully aware that we’re right for some patients and not right for others. We wanted to create a helpful resource to better support our community and help you make the best, most informed decision when you’re looking for the best partner to support you on your hearing health journey.

#1 – Arnold Hearing Centres
Arnold Hearing Centres have been serving families across Ontario since 1950. Many local families have trusted the team at Arnold Hearing Centres with their hearing health through three generations.

They are a family-owned practice with five locations and 15 of the top hearing care experts on staff. Wherever you’re located in Southern Ontario, there’s an Arnold Hearing Centre not far from you.

With a reputation for compassionate, transparent, and highly customized care, Arnold Hearing Centres promise upfront pricing for hearing aids and continued support with troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair.

Services include hearing assessments, children’s hearing support, tinnitus treatment, advanced hearing aid technology, earwax removal, and more.

#2 – HearingLife
HearingLife is Canada’s largest group of hearing centres, with more than 250 locations across Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver. They are manufacturer-owned, and they’ve served thousands of patients across the country.

HearingLife offers access to advanced hearing aid technology and clinical support from highly trained and certified hearing professionals.

Their services include free hearing tests, a wide selection of hearing aids and listening devices, counselling and assistance, flexible payment options, and aftercare packages.

#3 – Connect Hearing
Connect Hearing has been serving Canadians for over 45 years and has more than 50 locations in Ontario. They are the largest network of registered audiologists and hearing instrument practitioners in the country. Connect Hearing is part of the Sonova Group, which is headquartered in Switzerland.

Connect Hearing carries a wide range of hearing aids, batteries and accessories, and options for hearing protection.

They offer in-clinic services including hearing tests, and they also provide mobile industrial hearing testing.

#4 – Sense of Hearing
Sense of Hearing provides hearing care with a local focus. They have 14 locations in medical buildings and offer a very professional feel that may not be ideal for all patients. Sense of Hearing is independently owned and operated.

They offer a wide range of advanced hearing aid solutions.

Their hearing services include hearing tests, tinnitus treatment, earwax removal, hearing aid warranties, hearing aid financing, and hearing aid repairs.

#5 – Costco
Costco has over 30 locations in Ontario. As you’re likely aware, Costco is not specifically a hearing health provider. They do, however, offer a selection of hearing aids and devices.

Costco offers affordable pricing for hearing aids. They are not focused on aftercare, so you’ll likely need to find another partner to help you with troubleshooting and maintenance of your devices.

#6 – Ear & Hearing Clinic

Ear & Hearing Clinic is locally owned and operated by a well-known Doctor of Audiology. They’ve been serving patients in the community for over 20 years, and they have three locations in Ontario with six audiologists on staff.

Ear & Hearing Clinic is one of the few clinics in the area that does infant hearing testing and screenings.

Their services include advanced testing and hearing technology, and they also have a retirement home hearing division that serves the local nursing home and retirement community.

#7 – Hometown Hearing
Hometown Hearing has been around since 2015, and they have 18 locations across Ontario. Since they’re an independent clinic, they are able to offer hearing aids from many different manufacturers. The Hometown Hearing team is made up of 40 hearing professionals.

Their services include comprehensive hearing tests, advanced hearing aids, hearing aid repairs, hearing protection, tinnitus treatment, earwax removal, and custom earmolds and earplugs.

#8 – Hear Canada

Hear Canada is a brand-new clinic with multiple locations. It is worth noting that Hear Canada is also owned by a manufacturer, WSA, which is the parent company to Widex and Signia. They offer a range of hearing aids and accessories that you can purchase in-clinic.

Hear Canada’s services include hearing assessments, hearing aid maintenance and repairs, tinnitus management, earwax removal, custom earplugs, and more.

As part of their commitment to accessibility, they also provide a free online hearing test that you can take on their website. However, it is important to note that this online test is not a substitute for an in-clinic test, which provides a more comprehensive evaluation of your hearing needs.

How to Make the Right Decision on Whom to Choose

One of the biggest challenges that the hearing care industry faces is that most people believe that the solution to hearing loss is simply a set of hearing aids. However, that’s just one piece of the puzzle.

The much more important component is partnering with the right team of hearing care professionals.

Our encouragement to you is to choose a team that you believe can deliver on long-term promises, not provide a short-term solution to a long-term hearing health challenge.

We hope the information above helps you to understand your options and enables you to make the best choice based on your unique hearing health needs and circumstances.

If you have any questions or if we can help, then you can request a callback here.

Or, reach us at our location closest to you:

Guelph –(519) 836-8111
Kitchener – Greenbrook Drive – (519) 743-2323
Kitchener – Frederick Street – (519) 742-9494
Simcoe – (519) 426-3818
Waterloo – (519) 896-2654

Request a callback
Thank you for reading, and we look forward to supporting you on your hearing health journey!

Do you know somebody that needs to see this? Why not share it?

Chris Arnold - Owner & HIS

Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Chris went to Durham and George Brown College. As the owner of Arnold Hearing Centres, he manages all locations, as well as handles all the marketing, reporting, meetings, and makes sure that both the staff and patients have a positive experience. Ultimately, there is a lot of pressure on Chris to ensure he delivers results year after year, but he credits the clinic’s success down to the amazing staff that has now become family. Truly, he enjoys working alongside everyone each day.