Where can I find an audiologist?
In Quebec, 60% of audiologists practise in the public sector, 25% in the private sector, and 15% in both sectors.
In a hospital
The majority of audiologists work in a hospital setting in an audiology department. To obtain an appointment (which will be covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec - RAMQ), you must first have a prescription from your family doctor (or general practitioner), much like if you wanted to see a specialist such as a dermatologist, allergist, or gastroenterologist.
You may also find an audiologist in a CLSC, in some schools, and in rehabilitation centers.
In a hearing clinic
You can also see an audiologist directly at a private hearing clinic, such as the Masliah Centres (if you are covered by private insurance, you may be reimbursed for these consultations). You will usually get an appointment within a few days, unlike in the public sector, where you may have to wait several months before you can see an audiologist.
In order for your hearing aids to be covered in whole or in part by the RAMQ or private insurance, you must have a prescription filled by an audiologist, a doctor or an ORL physician before making a request to the hearing care professional.
Note: Your audiologist may also refer you to an ENT doctor if he or she suspects a medical condition that only the ENT doctor can effectively diagnose and treat.