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A hearing test, done properly, is a highly conclusive measure
TO ASSESS HEARING LOSS

Hearing loss is something that can affect anyone during any stage of life. If a hearing loss is suspected, the only way to effectively diagnose it is through a clinical hearing test. Taking this first small but important step will allow us, your audiologists, to determine important information about your hearing to answer your questions:

  • Do I have a hearing loss?
  • Which ear is it in?
  • How much hearing loss do I have?
  • How does it impact my understanding of speech in quiet and noise?
  • Which part of my ear or auditory system is responsible for this hearing loss?
  • Do I need a referral to another type of specialist?
  • Can it be repaired by surgery or medication?
  • Do I need hearing aids/instruments?
  • What options do I have to help my hearing perform to my best potential?

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We use globally proven test procedures that are comfortable and easy to do, to test your hearing pathway. Then, we are equipped to help you understand the outcome. Our tests are conducted at our practices in a soundproof booth or with specialized equipment designed for soundproofing purposes. Therefore, we ALWAYS perform tests in calibrated sound conditions. Our equipment is calibrated annually to medical industry standards, so that we can ensure accurate and trusted results.

Throughout the testing process, we will explain what we are doing, and what it means. Once your hearing test is completed, we will take the time to discuss your results with you. You will be empowered with knowledge about your own hearing health. In the event that we have diagnosed a hearing loss or other ear disorder, we will explore all of your options for treatment or rehabilitation, with you.

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A great diagnostician asks many questions before coming to an answer
Diagnosis is the first step towards help

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    What happens
    DURING A HEARING TEST?

    We spend up to 2 hours with a new patient for an in-depth hearing test, lifestyle assessment and feedback session.

    Here is what you can expect:

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    Firstly, the audiologist will view your ear canal with an otoscope. This ensures that sound can reach the eardrum, mechanical and nerve components of the ear.

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    We measure the pressure and reflexes in your middle ear (behind the eardrum) to rule out infection, fluid or other conditions preventing sound from reaching the nerve, auditory pathway, and auditory area of the brain.

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    We use a series of speech hearing tests to discover your softest, loudest and most comfortable levels of sound. Hearing loss can change the way your brain perceives sound volume, so it is relevant to define what you hear at several levels.

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    We perform a variety of tests that are described as either basic (the most important hearing tests initially for a diagnosis) or specialised (if necessary, to further refine the information we need to define the type or impact of a hearing loss on sound clarity and hearing function). None of our hearing tests cause any pain!

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    Pure Tone Air Conduction Tests are done to measure your hearing for specific pitches. These tests result in a graph called an AUDIOGRAM, which shows you the softest sounds that you can hear across the range of necessary human hearing.

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    We also use speech clarity tests in quiet and in noise. Hearing loss is not only about the volume or loudness of sound. Problems related to clarity will affect whether speech is clear enough to understand conversation.

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    Your test will take place in a soundproof room for accuracy.

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    Pure Tone Bone Conduction Tests are tone-based hearing tests presented through a vibration bone conductor, directly to your inner ear (cochlea) and therefore the first fibres of your auditory nerve, more directly, so that we can identify the your type of hearing loss.

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    We will only do tests that are necessary to define your difficulties.

    At the end of your appointment, you will be armed with a meaningful understanding of your problem so that you can make good decisions for yourself. We will act guide you to find options for rehabilitation, medical and functional management of your problem. to improve your quality of life.