Why have a hearing test?
Hearing is a mainstream health issue which touches the lives of many Australians. In fact, over 3.55 million Australians suffer from hearing loss with nearly half of them aged between 16-64 years. To ensure you stay well and stay vital, we recommend you should have a hearing test annually. This will give you a baseline result, a good understanding of your personal hearing and ear health needs and ability to monitor any changes to your hearing over time.
Hearing loss impacts overall health in more ways than just hearing. It is associated with balance problems, falls, social isolation, loneliness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. When we feel ill, we are quick to pay attention to possible diseases and infections, yet it’s common for people to ignore signs of hearing loss that persists through years and become a normal part of our lives. Having a hearing test sooner rather than later will ensure you get the best possible outcome and allow you to hear well, stay vital and live life to the full.
What happens at your hearing test appointment?
At Hearlix, we encourage you to bring along your spouse, a family member or close friend – someone you often speak with, because hearing loss can impact them as well. With the latest technology, we will gently and carefully test the physical health of your outer, middle, and inner ear through a number of steps outlined below.
Step 1: Discuss your hearing and any specific concerns you, or the person accompanying you, may have. We’ll discuss your lifestyle, your priorities, and your hopes for improvement before we thoroughly document any past ear issues, review relevant medical and family history, and explore tinnitus and/or balance issues. Together we build a detailed picture of your overall hearing health to provide the most appropriate advice and treatment for you.
Step 2: Using state of the art microscope and video equipment, we will show you the state of your ear canal and remove any wax that may be impacting your ability to hear. For some people, this simple process can make conversations easier to follow.
Step 3: Examine your middle ear to check your ear drum is working properly and investigate the possibility of fluid build-up which may impact your hearing.
Step 4: Conduct pure tone audiometry to measure the tones you can hear across a range of different frequencies. We do this to find the softest sounds you can hear.
Step 5: We conduct a “real world” test, assessing your ability to hear speech in both quiet and noisy environments. Afterall, its people’s voices you want to hear better – whether this is face-to-face or on the television.
Step 6: We provide a thorough explanation of the results and answer any questions you may have. A full report can be sent to you and/or GP on request.