Initial assessment may be claimable via rebates as documented Private Health & Medicare
If you have any concerns about your hearing, the best first step is to have your hearing tested.
If you’ve never had your hearing tested before, don’t worry! Hearing tests are straightforward and painless. You’ll be asked to discuss your hearing and then to complete some of tests that will check the health of your ears and how well you’re hearing.
What happens at a hearing test?
- First, we’ll discuss your hearing with you. This will include questions about your health and hearing history, but also your lifestyle (as this can often impact on how your hearing affects you). This will also help us to understand possible causes for any hearing problems.
- Next, we’ll examine your ears. From this we’ll be able to assess the general health of your ear and ear canal and identify any wax, obstruction or infection that may be affecting your ability to hear clearly. If we do discover anything that requires attention from your GP we’ll refer you straight away.
- The third stage is the hearing test itself. We’ll present you with a series of sounds and ask you to press a button whenever you hear one. As the test progresses, we’ll plot the details of your hearing on a graph called an audiogram, which will provide a ‘picture’ of your hearing levels. If appropriate we may also carry out a spoken word test to assess how well you can hear speech with and without background noise.
- Finally we’ll explain your results. If your hearing test indicates a hearing loss, we’ll discuss your available options. One of these options may be to consider a hearing aid. We have a wide range of styles, sizes and prices. These options will be individualised to meet your specific needs.
Please call call us on 8376 6436 to arrange an appointment at one of our three convenient locations, Templestowe, Mill Park & Whittlesea.