A reduced capacity to communicate has a significant impact on relationships, career opportunities, social connection, independent living and quality of life.
Hearing loss is common, particularly as you become older. In Australia, research has shown that one person in five over 60 years old will have a hearing loss; over the age of 70, one person in three. Most hearing losses develop gradually, making it difficult to self diagnose.
You may have a hearing loss if you have noticed the following:
We carry out a range of hearing tests. The cost of the test will depend on the level of detail required and therefore the time we spend assessing your hearing. Our fees are in keeping with those recommended by the Independent Audiologists Australia. You do not need a medical referral for a hearing assessment.
The results of your hearing assessment will be clearly explained to you, and a detailed report written if required.
A hearing screening test is a basic test of hearing levels and requires a 15 minute appointment.
If the hearing screening test shows the presence of a hearing loss, or a drop in hearing levels compared to a previous test, a full hearing assessment is recommended. For a child, a half hour appointment is required. If you have concerns about the way your child is processing or making sense of sound, a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) screening and evaluation can be carried out.
For an adult, a three quarter hour appointment is required for a full diagnostic hearing assessment. If tinnitus (noises in the ears) is a dominant issue for you, please arrange a tinnitus evaluation appointment, which will include a hearing assessment if this has not already been carried out.
If you are arranging a hearing assessment appointment with a view to the likely purchase of hearing aids, we request that a one and a half hour appointment is made. This allows time for:
We have the training and equipment to remove a wax build-up using a probe and gentle micro-suctioning. You will need to arrange a quarter hour appointment for this to be carried out. A build-up of wax can affect your hearing. It can cause reduced hearing aid performance; feedback (whistle) from your hearing aid; and cause damage to your hearing aid.
We provide a range of custom-made ear plugs to fit the unique shape of each person’s ear. An initial quarter hour appointment is required to make customised ear impressions. The plugs will be ready in about two weeks, with a quarter hour appointment required for the fitting of the plugs. This is to ensure they fit correctly and for you to be instructed in correct insertion. The cost of the plugs includes both these appointments.
Customised ear plugs are available to provide: