Adult Hearing Assessment
This is more than a simple hearing test. We use specific questions to gather information about your symptoms and history of ear and hearing healthcare to date. We carefully inspect the outer ear and eardrum for signs of pathology, before testing your middle ear function.
We measure your hearing levels, establishing the type and severity of hearing problems (see ‘What is an Audiogram’ below), as well as your ability to understand speech. The results are analysed, explained to you and communicated to other healthcare professionals.
You do not need a referral for a hearing assessment, although Medicare rebates apply with a referral from a doctor. As trusted Audiologists, we work closely with GPs, Ear Nose and Throat Specialists and Neurologists to ensure you receive the best care.
Please bring any previous tests and reports. This information is important for comparison and planning of further management.
What is an Audiogram?
An audiogram is a graphical representation of hearing. It commonly shows the softest sounds a person can hear in each ear across the pitch range of human speech sounds. An audiogram contains internationally recognized symbols that audiologists use to record your hearing.
Standardised terms are used to describe the affected side (left, right or binaural), type of hearing loss (sensorineural, mixed or conductive), severity of hearing loss (normal hearing, through mild, moderate, severe and profound) and configuration of hearing loss (high frequency, low frequency, flat or cookie-bite) so that your hearing information can be understood by other medical professionals. The configuration of hearing loss is derived from the shape hearing thresholds form across the audiogram.