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Hearing Tests and Assessments

Hearing Tests and Assessments

Whatever your age or hearing issue you’ll find the right hearing tests and assessments at Dilworth Hearing. If you suspect you may be suffering from hearing loss, come and see one of our highly qualified audiologists who’ll ensure you’re properly assessed.

 

 

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Full Diagnostic Hearing Assessment

Diagnostic hearing assessments offer a comprehensive insight into your hearing loss problem.  At this appointment you will get an accurate picture of your hearing, and the most appropriate treatment for your hearing needs.

We offer a full diagnostic hearing assessment for people of all ages, from babies (aged from 6 months at selected clinics) and toddlers (from 3 years at all clinics) to adults. A full diagnostic assessment includes the following five tests and takes approximately one hour:

Otoscopy

Your audiologist will look into your ear canal with a magnifying tool called an otoscope. This helps rule out any physical abnormalities or wax build-up that could be causing hearing difficulties.

Immittance Audiometry

Your audiologist will place a small plug into your ear, which emits a low humming sound and a series of beeps. This can help identify medical causes for hearing difficulties such as middle ear infections. If there’s an underlying medical cause of your hearing issues, it could be best treated with surgery or watchful waiting.

Air Conduction Testing

Your audiologist will place headphones over your ears and ask you to press a button when you hear a beep. This test measures the extent of your hearing loss and helps us give you the most accurate treatment options.

Bone Conduction Testing

Your audiologist will use a headband to position a vibrating box behind your ear. This sends sound directly to your cochlea, bypassing the ear canal and middle ear. The results will help us determine what type of hearing loss you have (sensorineural, conductive or mixed) and allows us to recommend treatment options.

Speech Audiometry

You will be asked to repeat a list of simple words. There are nonverbal options for infants or people with special needs. This test helps us find out how well you are able to process speech. It is a vital part of the full diagnostic hearing assessment because it lets us know how much you will benefit from hearing aids.

 

Get to the root of your hearing issues right away. Book your full diagnostic hearing assessment today.

 

Hearing Aid Assessment

A hearing aid is an electronic device that amplifies sound, makes speech more intelligible, and supports impaired hearing. After your full diagnostic hearing assessment, your audiologist will help you find the right model of hearing aid.

Getting fitted with a hearing aid requires a few appointments:

  • Needs assessment – a discussion to match you to an ideal product for your lifestyle, loss and budget.
  • Hearing aid fitting – individualised programming and a technical assessment of hearing aid function in your ears and a detailed discussion about use and maintenance.
  • Hearing aid review – check-up appointments over a trial period to ensure your hearing aids function optimally and that you are happy with the result.

 

Tinnitus Assessments

 

Tinnitus isn’t curable, but it is treatable. During the appointment your audiologist will obtain a thorough understanding of your specific Tinnitus and how it affects your quality of life. They will also assess your hearing, explain results and discuss management options.

  • Tinnitus assessment – duration approx. 45 minutes

 

Paediatric Testing

Hearing issues can affect anyone of any age, including babies, toddlers and children. Do you suspect that your child has hearing issues? Our trained staff will provide a full diagnostic hearing assessment, then offer treatment options to suit your child’s needs.

  • Puppet in the window (PIWI) testing/ Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) (6 months to 2 years - available at selected clinics) – allow 45 minutes
  • Play Audiometry (3-5 years) – duration approx 30 minutes
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) assessment – duration approx 90 minutes

We have a range of other assessments for people of all ages including babies (from 7 months), children and adults. Contact our friendly staff today to discuss your needs and they will book an assessment that is right for you or your loved one or book an appointment online.

 

 

Ear Wax Removal by Microsuction

 

Ear wax is completely normal, healthy and serves several important functions:

  • It coats the skin of the ear canal, repelling water and helping to protect it against injury and infection.
  • It helps keep the skin inside the ear from getting dry and itchy.
  • Ear wax traps dust and germs, keeping them from reaching the eardrum.

However, when we produce too much wax it can block the ear canal. This then affects how we hear, as sound can't travel through the ear canal to the eardrum. Skin, other debris or foreign objects can also block the ear canal.

Micro-suction: the best way to keep your ears clean and healthy

Micro-suction is the method recommended by leading ear, nose and throat specialists to clean ears safely and effectively. During this procedure wax is removed under direct visualisation of your ear canal using a microscope or headset and suction machine.

Ear irrigation or syringing is no longer advised, as it puts excessive pressure on the eardrum and increases the risk of eardrum perforation or irritation. Cleaning your own ears using cotton buds, bobby pins or other objects is never a good idea. In fact, these objects often push the ear wax further into the ear canal, and can increase the risk of infection or damage to your eardrum.

Your first appointment with us will take approximately 45 minutes and will include a hearing screening to confirm that everything is ok after your wax removal. This appointment costs $50. Book your appointment now.