Here at The Hearing Centre we pride ourselves with offering the highest quality service. Clients do not need a medical referral to access our services. We encourage anyone who has a concern about their hearing to have a full hearing test.
The purpose of the first visit is to assess the full function of your hearing system, to determine if you have a hearing loss and to what degree. Many people choose to bring a family member or friend.
We first take an assessment of your hearing history which includes a full discussion of your current hearing and most importantly your lifestyle. A thorough examination of the ear with video otoscopy of the outer ear and eardrum to check for wax, obstruction or infection.
A full diagnostic assessment which consists of a group of tests to fully evaluate your hearing function. With a full and clear diagnosis, we can then assess if you are suitable for hearing aids or some other treatment.
Pure Tone Audiometry
A series of pure tones are presented through headphones and bone conductor headband, where you will listen for the softest levels of sound you can detect, responding by pressing a button each time you hear the sound. This will determine your hearing thresholds and the results will be plotted on a graph called an audiogram. The audiogram shows your hearing sensitivity at each frequency, and can assess whether your hearing is within normal range, or if there is a hearing loss.
The results of the hearing test combined with the rest of the group of tests, provides us with the information we need to make a diagnosis of the underlying cause of your hearing loss.
Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex
These examinations test the condition of the middle ear.
Tympanometry tests the mobility of the ear drum by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal. The results can reveal any abnormalities which may explain a conductive hearing loss or any sensation of pressure in the ear.
The Acoustic Reflex is an involuntary muscle contraction that occurs in the middle ear in response to sound stimuli. The test measures how the stapedius muscle contracts in response to a loud sound. The presence or the absence of acoustic reflexes can be key in the differential diagnosis of an underlying problem in hearing loss.
Normally tympanometry and acoustic reflex thresholds are done together.
LiSN-S Speech Tests
There are a number of speech tests we can do which include the Lisn-S Speech Test and the SRT Speech Test.
LiSN-S PGA is the new benchmark speech-in-noise test for those with an existing hearing loss. This diagnostic tool allows us to accurately measure how well you understand speech in noise. The test results can reveal exactly how your loss is effecting your understanding of speech in both quiet and noisy situations. The results allow us to make the more accurate recommendation for you as we will better understand how you will get on with different hearing aid features and to what level of technology you need.
During the speech tests you will be asked to repeat words that are presented to you at normal speech volume levels and word recognition scores will be determined when you repeat words that are presented at this normal listening level.
Hearing Test Results
After the testing is complete the results are carefully and fully explained to you.
We then fully explain all of your suitable treatment options, which may include a discussion and demonstration of hearing aids, communication strategies, and/or assistive listening devices.
If hearing aids are the solution for you, we will help you choose one that fits your hearing loss, lifestyle, design preferences and budget.