Hearing Testing in Melbourne
Is hearing loss beginning to impact on your ability to enjoy day-to-day life? If you suspect your quality of life is affected, it is best to have your hearing assessed. With Victorian Hearing’s comprehensive hearing test, you can take the first step in identifying and treating your hearing loss. Following comprehensive testing in one of our Melbourne clinics, we determine the most appropriate solution for each individual. Our team of audiologists have amassed years of experience, guaranteeing a professional, friendly and trusted service.
What do Hearing Tests Involve?
Our initial appointments include history taking, ear canal examination, diagnostic evaluation of your hearing ability and discussion of a hearing solution if required.
You will be asked many questions about your hearing history, including the extent to which you feel your current hearing level is impacting on your everyday life. It’s vital we gain a detailed picture of your hearing difficulties and understand your lifestyle, your hearing needs and motivation to improve your hearing and quality of life, so we can tailor a personal hearing solution for you.
The diagnostic testing encompasses both sounds and speech. You will need to participate actively in these tests, which require your concentration but are otherwise painless.
This detailed assessment can take up to 90 minutes.
A full diagnostic hearing test comprises of three different sections, as detailed below:
Pure Tone audiometry
This hearing test is used to determine your sensitivity to auditory stimulus. It uses a series of pure tones to identify the softest level you can hear across a range of frequencies in each ear. It’s subjective and behavioural as it relies on patient response, and identifies thresholds to create your audiogram. Pure tone audiometry determines the degree, shape and type of hearing loss in each ear. It also indicates whether further referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist is required.
Tympanometry is used to assess middle ear function. It is a quick and painless test that requires no patient involvement, and provides valuable information concerning the middle ear system. It works by creating a small change in air pressure within the ear canal and recording the movement of the ear drum / tympanic membrane in response. This test can identify if there is a perforation in the eardrum; middle ear fluid; patent grommet; eustachian tube dysfunction and other medical conditions of the ear.
Speech Audiometry is used to confirm the audiogram and also indicate speech understanding at various volumes. It requires the patient to repeat a series of words in each ear under headphones. These words are often presented at a normal conversational level and then with amplification, to help the audiologist assess if a hearing aid would be of benefit to you.
What Will the Results Show?
Once the diagnostic hearing test is complete, your audiologist will present you with a thorough explanation of your test results, with plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions. We aim to ensure you have a full understanding of your hearing loss and how it relates to the problems you are experiencing. You can take a copy of your test results home with you on the day. Depending on the results, we will advise whether amplification would be of benefit or not. Your hearing aid options can then be discussed.
What Tests Can We Conduct?
Victorian Hearing conduct comprehensive hearing tests for a variety of purposes. These include:
- Police hearing test – We can establish baseline hearing levels for entrance into the Victorian Police Force, as well as for Protective Service Officers.
- Pilot hearing test – for aviation medicals.
- Pre-employment hearing tests – If you are about to start a new job, some employers may ask you to provide a recent hearing test.
- TAC hearing tests – If your hearing has been damaged in an accident, we can provide TAC funded audiology services, including hearing assessments.
Contact Victorian Hearing Today
For more information on the comprehensive hearing testing we offer in our Melbourne clinics, or to enquire about the other services we offer, call us today on 1300 736 995.