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Why a hearing assessment?
Hearing is an important part of communication. Generally people lose their hearing slowly over time and therefore it’s difficult to realise hearing loss has occurred. Most of the time the initial signs of hearing loss appear as difficulties in communicating with those around you. Typical examples include feeling like people are mumbling, trouble hearing in groups and needing the TV to be a bit louder.
Recent research indicates that there are strong links between hearing loss and social isolation and depression. There is also evidence showing that untreated hearing loss leads to earlier cognitive decline (quicker aging of the brain) as we age.
What is a hearing assessment?
Hearing assessments measure what sounds you can and can’t hear, and your results are marked on a graph called an audiogram. An audiogram shows how loud you need sounds to be before you can hear them. This information lets your Can:Do Hearing audiologist know the degree and type of hearing loss you may have as well as how speech is likely to sound to you. (Insert a photo of an audiogram here)
What are the different types of hearing loss?
There are 3 types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive and mixed.
A sensorineural loss is a permanent hearing loss. It is commonly referred to as “nerve deafness”. It occurs when the sensitive hair cells inside the inner part ear of the ear get damaged and no longer respond to sound in the way that they did previously. Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are noise and aging.
A conductive hearing loss may be curable or may be permanent, conductive refers to the fact that the sound is not being sent through (conducted) the outer or middle ear properly on its way into the inner ear. Typical causes of conductive loss include fluid in the middle ear from an ear infection, wax impaction in the ear canal and otosclerosis.
A mixed hearing loss occurs when a person has both a conductive and sensorineural loss at the same time.
During a hearing assessment, if a hearing loss is present, our clinician will determine which type it is.
What can I expect during a hearing assessment?
During a Can:Do Hearing adult hearing assessment there maybe a variety of different testing methods used. The most common method is pure tone audiometry. This process involves listening to a range of beeps and whistles and indicating when you can hear them. There is usually also a test of how well a person understands speech as well. The speech test might be in quiet or in noise.
What causes hearing loss?
Some of the more common causes of hearing loss are;
The aging process (presbycusis)
Falls or hits to the head
Diseases or conditions that affect the ear such as otosclerosis or Meniere’s Disease
Many hearing losses have no known cause. It is believed that 70% or more of hearing losses have a genetic component to them.
How much does a hearing assessment cost?
If you hold a Centrelink pension card or a DVA gold card or white card (specifying hearing), Can:Do Hearing is contracted by the Office of Hearing Services to provide your services at no cost.
To access this service you need to fill in a voucher application from the Office of Hearing Services, click here
to download an application.
- For adults over 26 without one of the above cards the initial assessment with Can:Do Hearing is free
- For anyone between 3 and 26 years an assessment is $80
- For children under 3 the assessment is $105
- Medicare will cover a portion of these costs if you are referred for an assessment by an ENT or neurologist, or if you come in on an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) that includes audiology
When will I know the results?
Your Can:Do Hearing audiologist will usually be able to tell you the results of your hearing assessment as soon as the tests are completed. Occasionally, it may take more than one session to obtain a complete picture of your hearing.