Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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Yes, our products are shipped from Toronto, Ontario.

Our Melody and Harmony BT devices are classified as hearing aids in most other countries including the United States but as personal sound amplifiers in Canada.  These products include the exact same internal components as hearing aids from the large manufacturers including the same microphones, receivers, and processing chips. We have chosen to offer them as highly sophisticated personal sound amplifiers due to costly Health Canada licensing rules that are not related to the quality or effectiveness of these devices.

To ensure that you are satisfied with our Melody and Harmony BT products, we offer a 30-day risk-free trial and if you are not satisfied for any reason you can simply return your purchase for a full refund.

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It is always good to have your hearing tested before buying any hearing device, however it is not necessary. Our devices come preprogrammed to suit the most common form of hearing trouble and can be adjusted by the user to suit their personal needs.

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No we do not. We will provide you with all the information that you need to submit your claim to your insurance provide to receive pre-approval and/or reimbursement.

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Our Melody devices are pre-programmed with four different programs to meet the needs of over 85% of people. Clients select the program that best meets their needs and can adjust the volume to suit their preferences in different situations. Our Harmony BT is a self-calibrating device that will program itself based upon the results of a hearing check included in the smartphone app.

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All of our products come pre-programmed with three or four programs that will suit the needs of over 85% of people. This is because while every person’s hearing needs are a little different, they generally fit into one of three categories. They have a flat hearing loss, a sloping hearing loss or a reverse sloping hearing loss. All of our devices offer a program to suit each of these situations. In additional, all of our devices allow the user to control the volume output to suit their own needs and tastes in any situation.

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We collect your height and ender information when you place your order. This allows us to select the proper length tube and domes size to fit 80% of our clients. We also provide the supplies and instructions for you to change tubes and domes if you need to make adjustments to suit your ear size. It is really quite simple.

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Our Harmony devices have rechargeable batteries so there is never a need to change batteries. Our Melody devices use standard hearing aid batteries. With a little practice and using the tools provided most people are able to change batteries as needed with little trouble.

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We normally ship all orders from our Toronto office within 48 hours of receiving your order. Shipping times can vary from a few days for locations in Southern Ontario to a week for most parts of the country. Delivery to very remote locations or during busy season can take up 10 days. You will receive an e-mail when your order has been shipped and will be able to track your delivery on the Canada Post website.

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It is a good habit to clean your devices every morning using the tools provided. Cleaning your devices in the morning allows any earwax on the device to dry out, making it earlier to remove.

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We recommend leaving your devices in the dehumidifier over night at least two times per week. You should also place your devices into the jar over night any time your devices are exposed to moisture.

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No, all of our products are delivered by Canada Post courier service. Our support is provided by telephone, e-mail or video conferences.

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This noise is called feedback and is caused by sounds that leave you ear and are picked up by the microphone on your device. Here are the things you should check if your device is causing a whistling noise. 1. Make sure your dome provides a tight fit with your ear, sealing your ear canal. 2. Check your ears for wax 3. Reduce the volume slightly on your device to see if the feedback stops 4. Change the tubing and dome. A cracked tubing or dome may allow sound to escape 5. Ensure your device is fully inserted into your ear canal. Sometimes chewing or talking or removing a hat or mask can cause the device to become dislodged 6. If none of these items eliminates the whistling sound contact Online Hearing Canada.

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We accept Visa, Mastercard, Debit payment and Paypal. We can also accept payment by cheque, however orders paid by cheque will only be shipped after the cheque has cleared our bank account. This can take up to 7 days.

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We offer unlimited telephone support and can often resolve any problems clients experience with a telephone appointment. If the devices still don’t meet your expectations you may return them for a full refund.

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We would not normally recommend any of our products if you scored higher than 31 on the online hearing check.

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Our products are assembled in China using key components like microphones, receivers and processing chips manufactured by Canadian and American companies.

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All of our products offer a similar level of maximum amplification in the 30 to 35 dB range.

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We preselect the tubing and dome size most likely to fit you based upon this information. By using your height and gender, we are able to select the proper combination of tubing and dome size to suit over 80% of our clients. If the size we select is not a proper fit, the user may use one of the size tubings and domes provided to obtain their best physical fit.

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We provide a dehumidifier to make sure your deices last as long as possible. Like any hearing aid our devices are small electronic devices that are exposed daily to moisture through perspiration, humidity in the air, rain and snow. Like any electronic device moisture can cause damage to our devices. Regular use of the dehumidifier reduces the risk of damage that this moisture can cause to your instruments.

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One of the accepted treatments for tinnitus is the use of hearing aids to amplify the sounds that you would like to hear. Many people with tinnitus find that using hearing aids reduces the ringing or buzzing sensation. As a result any of our devices could help your tinnitus.

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Our devices are not registered with the province, WSIB or DVA and as a result do not qualify for those funding programs.

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Every insurance plan is unique so it is impossible to answer that question. In our experience some plans will cover our devices. Other will not. We are happy to provide you with an invoice that you can send to your insurance company for pre-approval.

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Our devices are not registered with the province, WSIB or DVA and as a result do not qualify for those funding programs.

Product-Specific Questions

Melody

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Melody is provided with 4 pre-selected programs. These programs are designed to suit the most common hearing needs and will meet the needs of 80% of people with hearing trouble.

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Melody has a volume control dial. Select the volume setting from the lowest at setting 1 to the highest at setting 2 to meet your needs and preferences in any situation. The volume dial is visible and easy to control on the back of the device.

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The program control button is on the back of the device. Push and release the button to change from one program to the next. Each time you push the button you will bear 1 to 4 beeps telling your which program you have selected.

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There is no on / off switch. Instead to turn the device off, simply open the battery door slightly. To turn the device on again, close the battery door, making sure it clicks into the closed position.

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Under normal conditions your battery will last for 5 to 7 days. It is important when inserting a new battery that you allow the battery to sit for 3 to 5 minutes after removing the tab and before inserting it into the battery. This is because the batteries are air activated and this 3 to 5 minute delay will maximize battery life.

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We recommend that you change the domes every three months and the tubings every 6 months. If you do not clean your devices on a daily basis we recommend that you shorten these intervals.

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It is a good habit to clean your devices every morning using the tools provided. Cleaning your devices in the morning allows any earwax on the device to dry out, making it easier to remove.

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Melody is not intended for people with a severe or profound hearing loss. It is recommended only for people with mild to moderate hearing needs.

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Melody comes pre-programmed with four different settings for different hearing needs. Program 1 amplifies all frequencies from low pitch to high pitch. Program 2 amplifies just lower frequencies. Programs 3 provides mild amplification of high frequencies. Program 4 provides maximum amplification of high frequencies.

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Melody uses as standard size 13 hearing aid battery.

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Our Melody hearing device uses a standard size 13 hearing aid battery.

Low Battery Warning
When the battery voltage nears the end of life, the amplifier will detect this condition and provide a low battery warning signal. The first warnings begin when the average battery voltage falls below 1.05V. At this time, the amplifier emits three sets of double beeps every 10 minutes. When the average battery voltage falls lower than 0.95V, the amplifier issues six sets of double beeps, and then shuts down the audio output of the hearing aid.

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Harmony

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Yes, only using a smart phone can your program the device and set your volume levels. If you do not have a smartphone I recommend considering our Melody device.

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No it does not. Instead we recommend holding your telephone receiver above your ear so that sounds are best captured by the Harmony microphone.

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No the Harmony Bluetooth connection is strictly for the control of your Harmony devices using the Soundwear Smartphone app. You can not listen to music or telephone calls using the bluetooth connection.

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Harmony is a self calibrating device that will programs itself to suit your needs based upon a hearing check included in the smartphone app.

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It tales around 3 hours for the battery to fully charge and the battery will last for 16 to 20 hours depending upon usage. This means you will get a full day of use from each charge.

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The battery is rated for over 1,000 charges. Under regular use this means it will last for over 3 years before it begins to diminish in power.

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We recommend that you change the domes every three months and the tubing every 6 months. If you do not clean your devices on a daily basis we recommend that you shorten these intervals.

Category: Harmony

It is a good habit to clean your devices every morning using the tools provided. Cleaning your devices in the morning allows any earwax on the device to dry out, making it easier to remove

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Harmony is not intended for people with a severe or profound hearing loss. It is recommended only for people with mild to moderate hearing needs.

Category: Harmony

Harmony is not intended for people with a severe or profound hearing loss. It is recommended only for people with mild to moderate hearing needs.

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Check to make sure your devices are properly inserted in the charging station and that the charging station is plugged in. The green light on the charging station will indicate it has power. When properly inserted the blue indicator indicator light on each device will light up. When the device is fully charged the blue light will turn green. Under normal use this charge will last for approximately 16 hours of use. Heavy use of controls and high volumes may reduce this working time.

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Yes Harmony is self calibrating and will program itself to suit your hearing needs.

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Harmony is intended for people with mild to moderate hearing needs. It is not intended for people with a severe hearing loss. If you are not sure you can try Harmony for 30 days risk free. Simply place your order. If you are not satisfied you can return them for a full refund.

Custom Hearing Aids

No, you will pay the prices quoted on our website. These prices include the hearing aid, professional fees and cost of shipping to your home or office. The only extra cost you may incur is for a hearing test provided by an audiologist or hearing specialist in your area (although many hearing clinics provide free tests) or if you request special accessories.

Yes, for Ontario residents we are registered with the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). Clients may qualify for $500 funding per hearing aid. We will send you all of the forms needed to qualify for this funding. You will need to have the form signed by your family doctor and sent back to us by fax or e-mail.

Selecting the right technology level has more to do with your lifestyle than your level of hearing loss. All of our hearing aids will improve your hearing, but more sophisticated technology will do more to help you hear in difficult listening environments.

Basic hearing aids are ideal for users who live a quiet lifestyle, attending few group events.

Advanced hearing aids a good fit for active users who often attend group events, dine in busy restaurants and spend time with others outdoors.

Premium hearing aids are perfect for more active users who frequently dine in busy restaurants, often attend meetings and group events, spend time outdoors with others, enjoy listening to music and attending concerts or theatre. 

  1. Upload your test results with our Confidential Online Patient Information Form
  2. Email your test results as an attachment to: audiologist@onlinehearing.ca 
  3. Fax your test results to (289) 351-3039

As long as you have a relatively new iPhone or Android phone we can connect directly to your hearing aids from our office to make adjustments to the settings on your hearing aids.

Hearing test results are recorded on a form called an Audiogram and must be performed by an Audiologist or a certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. This test may be obtained at an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor’s office or at a hearing clinic. Tests performed at an ENT’s office are likely to be covered by your provincial health plan. Tests provided at a hearing clinic may be provided at no charge or they may charge a fee. We will reimburse you for the cost of a hearing test if you are unable to obtain a free hearing test in your area. Contact us for details.

We perform a verification test on your hearing aids before they are shipped to you. This test ensures the devices are meeting the prescribed targets. In addition, we use an industry leading validation process to ensure your new hearing aids are meeting your needs and expectations.

Our hearing aids are sold by our affiliate Zoom Hearing. Zoom Hearing is an authorized dealer of all Signia and Widex hearing aids.

We offer a 60-day risk free trial period. If you are dissatisfied for any reason, simply call or e-mail us. We will help you to arrange the return of your hearing aids and will promptly refund your money in full. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the client. Returns must be sent by insured courier. See terms and conditions for more information

While technology exists to perform certain components of a comprehensive hearing evaluation online, it is not possible to perform a hearing test that will provide enough information to determine if hearing aids are the right solution to your hearing trouble. In particular, an online test can not provide for a visual examination of the ear or bone conduction and tympanometry tests.

A visual examination of the patient’s outer and inner ear is used to check for things like ear wax, an intact ear drum, fluid discharges, skin conditions and unusual ear canal conditions. A bone conduction test will determine if your hearing loss is sensorineural or conductive in nature and helps indicate whether hearing aids or medical intervention are the best solution. Tympanometry uses gentle air pressure to test the function of your eardrum and middle ear. This test will also help determine if hearing aids are the best solution to your hearing troubles.