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Diagnostic hearing test

What to expect at your diagnostic hearing test appointment

 A comprehensive evaluation of your hearing includes diagnostic hearing tests to determine the degree and type of hearing loss.   You will need to make an appointment for this test. Please call us  and our friendly professional team will assist you. 

Before you arrive for your appointment, take a moment to note situations or environments in which you have had difficulty hearing. We recommend that you bring a family member or friend to your appointment to share their observations with how your hearing loss is impacting them and to note important details and instructions that we will provide. 

Your comprehensive 1hr hearing test includes:

  • General and ear health information gathering.  You will be asked about your hearing history to understand any medical issues that could be affecting your hearing.  
  • A communication and hearing needs assessment may be used to determine when and where you are experiencing difficulty hearing.
  • Ear inspection of your outer ear, ear canal and eardrum will be examined using an Otoscope.
  • Your hearing will be tested in a soundproof booth. You will be asked to indicate when you can hear various levels of sounds in each ear. This is called audiometry and is a measure of your hearing levels and type of hearing loss.
  • We will also conduct speech audiometry which measures your ability to understand speech at various levels
  • Tympanometry measures how your eardrum is moving and the middle ear status and can identify certain middle ear conditions
  • Explanation of results.  Your hearing healthcare professional will explain the results with you and answer your questions
  • Recommendations and next steps will be discussed.  If you have a hearing loss your audiologist will discuss treatment options which may range from communication strategies, hearing aids and other assistive devices to a referral to your GP or a medical specialist if warranted
  • Report to your managing GP 

Treating hearing loss 

If you have a hearing loss, we will discuss your treatment plan options and answer all of your questions. Treatment options may range from communication strategies, hearing aids and other assistive devices to a referral to your GP or another medical specialist if warranted.

If the tests show that you could benefit from hearing aids, your clinician will review your options and together you will evaluate what styles suit your lifestyle and ear shape, what features and performance levels you require based on your hearing difficulties and which hearing aids fit your budget.  Read more about treating hearing loss with hearing aids. 

Our Melbourne hearing centres are located at; Fitzroy, Melbourne CBD, Sunshine, Werribee, Taylors Lakes, Bentleigh, Thomastown, Templestowe and Dandenong

Can I have a free hearing test?

We can help you to better understand your hearing with a range of 'free' and fully subsidised hearing tests.  Here's how we can help you.

Comprehensive hearing evaluation for pensioners, veterans and other people eligible under the Government's Hearing Services Program

If you are a pensioner or veteran you may be eligible for a fully subsidised diagnotic hearing test - read more. Please call us on 1300761 021 for information and to arrange your appointment.

Free 15 minute quick hearing check appointment for people over 50 years of age.

If you are over 50 years of age and worried about your hearing? Contact us to arrange a free, no obligation hearing check.  It's available at any of our hearing clinics. An appointment is required. 

This quick hearing test will identify whether you have a hearing loss or not. The test includes:

  • Otoscopy – we will examine the ear canal for wax occlusion
  • A hearing test at 4 frequencies (or pitch). 
  • We conduct the test in sound proof/treated conditions using calibrated equipment.
  • If your results show a hearing loss, your clinician will tell you of next steps.

Please call us on 1300 761 021 to arrange your free 15 minute hearing test appointment. 

Appointments are available at any of our Melbourne hearing clinics:  CBD, Fitzroy, Sunshine, Werribee, Taylors Lakes, Thomastown, Templestowe, Dandenong, and Bentleigh.

Take our easy and free online hearing test 

This quick test consists of an audio test and a short questionaire. The free online hearing test provides:

  • an indication about whether you may have a hearing loss or not
  • guidelines on what you can do if the tests detects that you do have a hearing loss

Please note, that this online hearing test does not replace a professional diagnostic hearing test conducted using calibrated equipment and in sound treated rooms. If you are concerned about your hearing you must have a comprehensive hearing evaluation in order to get accurate information about your hearing. Please contact us to arrange your appointment. 

Why is it important to have a diagnostic hearing test and comprehensive hearing evaluation?

Hearing is a vital part of your overall health and wellbeing.  Therefore acccurate testing by an audiologist should be a priority. Treating hearing loss should also be a priority. Untreated hearing loss may lead to;

  • Feelings of anxiety, social isolation, embarrassment and even depression
  • Communication difficulties at work with colleagues, clients, the public. Which in turn can lead to under-employment, unemployment and losses in income
  • Auditory deprivation which results in a loss of understanding of speech over time  - learn more....

Untreated hearing loss is also linked to dementia. People with a mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia as those with normal hearing. Treating hearing loss with well fitted hearing aids enables more social engagement and participation.  This in turn reduces the rate of cognitive decline.

Hearing loss may be treatable medically or with the use of hearing aids. If your clinician recommends hearing aids, recent studies have shown the earlier you start wearing hearing aids, the better your wellbeing and quality of life will be. 

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