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