What Happens During A Hearing Test?

Regular Hearing Tests are recommended to ensure the overall health of your auditory system.

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Approximately 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss with 3 in 4 over the age of 70 requiring some form of rehabilitation. Hearing loss varies from person to person, it may be mild, moderate, severe or profound in nature, flat or sloping in shape and can be either permanent or temporary. A comprehensive hearing test can determine the extent of the loss and enables our hearing specialists to outline the best form of rehabilitation for the patient. Some hearing losses may be treatable by medical intervention and others may require the use of hearing aids and/or rehabilitation.

Hearing loss is typically a gradual process and for many they may not realise that they have lost some ability to hear. Typically hearing loss wont affect all frequencies evenly and for many they will have some parts of their hearing which remains normal and other parts that are damaged. Because of this many people don’t realise they have an issue and until a hearing test has been conducted they are unaware of the potential damage that has occurred.

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What To Expect At Your Hearing Test

One of our clinician’s will greet you in the waiting room and take you through to our testing facility. It will start by having a brief discussion around any hearing issues/concerns along with a discussion around your general health. This will help in determining any underlying factors that may be associated with your hearing concerns.

 Next the clinician will conduct an Otoscopic examination of your outer ear and tympanic membrane. This is conducted in order to assess the health and detect any possible contra-indications that may be present.

Your middle ear function will then be assessed using a piece of equipment known as a tympanometer.  This test will identify any abnormalities that may be occurring within the middle ear system that are not visible through Otoscopic examination.

Next the Pure tone audiometry test will be conducted. You will be instructed by your clinician on the process which will involve two different types of hearing threshold testing known as air-conduction and bone conduction. By using both AC and BC testing your clinician will be able pin point the specific area where your hearing loss may be occurring.

Speech discrimination testing will be conducted to assess your ability to understand speech at different volumes and assess how well your brain processes speech.

Once all testing has been completed your clinician will take you through your results and work with you to identify the best course of action to treat your hearing needs.

Learn More About Hearing Test

Approximately 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss with 3 in 4 over the age of 70 requiring some form of rehabilitation. A regular hearing test can help you identify any issues that may be occurring and help you make informed decisions about your hearing needs. 

To help you, we’ve created a library of helpful information and useful tips.

When To Get Hearing Test

Find out more about when you should get a Hearing Test.

Why Hearing Test Is Important

Early detection of hearing loss is crucial to enable the best outcome.

FAQ's About Hearing Test

In this section, We will answer the most commonly asked questions about hearing test to help you understand your hearing health and take appropriate actions accordingly.

Typically a Hearing Test should be conducted as often as you would have an eye examination conducted. We recommended to have an initial hearing test from an early age in order to use the results for future comparisons. The frequency of follow up testing will generally be determined by your hearing care professional depending on the outcome of your assessment.

Typically a Hearing Test should be conducted as often as you would have an eye examination conducted. We recommended to have an initial hearing test from an early age in order to use the results for future comparisons. The frequency of follow up testing will generally be determined by your hearing care professional depending on the outcome of your assessment.

Typically a Hearing Test should be conducted as often as you would have an eye examination conducted. We recommended to have an initial hearing test from an early age in order to use the results for future comparisons. The frequency of follow up testing will generally be determined by your hearing care professional depending on the outcome of your assessment.

Typically a Hearing Test should be conducted as often as you would have an eye examination conducted. We recommended to have an initial hearing test from an early age in order to use the results for future comparisons. The frequency of follow up testing will generally be determined by your hearing care professional depending on the outcome of your assessment.

Typically a Hearing Test should be conducted as often as you would have an eye examination conducted. We recommended to have an initial hearing test from an early age in order to use the results for future comparisons. The frequency of follow up testing will generally be determined by your hearing care professional depending on the outcome of your assessment.

Typically a Hearing Test should be conducted as often as you would have an eye examination conducted. We recommended to have an initial hearing test from an early age in order to use the results for future comparisons. The frequency of follow up testing will generally be determined by your hearing care professional depending on the outcome of your assessment.

Why Choose Independent Hearing

Independent Hearing is a government accredited hearing provider located in Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Whyalla. We offer a full range of audiology services for Pension & Veteran Card Holders, eligible NDIS recipients and Private patients.

Multiple locations

We service a number of locations across South Australia which include Adelaide (Kurralta Park, Melrose Park and Paralowie) as well as clinics located in Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Tumby Bay and Wudinna.

Expert professionals

Our team of hearing care professionals are dedicated to assisting you with all your hearing related needs. As a fully independent provider we have access to an extensive range of the latest hearing aids and hearing products on the market today. This enables us to provide an individually tailored experience to every patient and ensure they are receiving the right product that will meet their specific needs.
Luke Argent
Luke is a Co-founder/Director and Senior Audiometrist at Independent Hearing and graduated with a Diploma of Audiometry in 2018. He holds a Qualified Practitioner (QP) number with the Federal Government’s Hearing Services Program. Luke has been involved with the hearing industry since 2015 when he co-founded the business ‘Eyre Hearing’. Due to an expansion of the business in 2020 it was rebranded to its current name ‘Independent Hearing’.

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