Audiology Services provided include:
Children's Hearing Assessments:
Why do children need their hearing tested?
Although New South Wales has an excellent newborn hearing screening program which tests babies hearing before they leave the hospital; it is possible for children to acquire a hearing loss.
Most commonly hearing loss in young children is due to ear infection and is a temporary condition. Nevertheless even temporary hearing loss can cause disruption to speech and language development and may cause behavioural problems.
We have a range of different equipment that allows us to assess the hearing of children from birth.
- Middle ear and Eustachian tube function testing: These middle ear tests are always measured in children as the most common cause of hearing difficulties in children, who have passed their birth hearing screening, is middle ear pathology.
Middle ear pathology includes constant middle ear infections, Glue ear and Eustachian tube dysfunction. All of these conditions can cause temporary reduction in hearing and can affect speech development.
This test is done simply by placing a small probe in the child’s ear for approximately 10 seconds. The probe delivers a soft buzzing noise and a puff of air into the ear canal to test the response of the eardrum. If your child does not like having anything touching their ears, please let us know before the start of testing.
- Otoacoustic Emission screening (from birth): This test be done from birth and involves placing a small dome into a child ear canal opening and delivering a ‘clicking’ noise. The test procedure is not at all painful and if the child passes it indicates good cochlear outer hair cell function which is required for normal hearing. This test typically takes 30 seconds to 2 minutes per ear.
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (from 6 months):This test involves using a sound field speaker and teaching your child to look for a puppet in a lighted box each time a sound is audible to them. Using this test we are able to ascertain if they have adequate hearing for speech and language development.
- Play Audiometry (from 3 to 3 ½ years): This test involves wearing headphones while we present varying frequency tones to ascertain the softest audible sound you are able to hear. For children between 3-6 years of age, responses will be obtained by using a conditioned play task while older children and adults will press a response button to indicate when they hear a sound.
Adult Hearing Assessments:
We standardly assess adult’s hearing using three different assessments.
- Pure tone Audiometry: This test involves tones presented at a range of frequencies to each ear individually under head phones. The client responds by pressing the button when they hear a sound, even if it is extremely soft. The Audiologist records the softest sound that is consistently responded to at each frequency. These are known as the “hearing thresholds”. Hearing thresholds are measured at a range of frequencies that make up speech sounds. Normal pure tone thresholds are at 20dB HL of better.
- Speech testing: When a client has hearing difficulties, speech testing is also performed. This may include listening to single words under headphones, or listening to sentences while noise is playing simultaneously.
- Middle ear and Eustachian tube function testing: The most common middle ear pathology in adults includes middle ear infections or effusion and Eustachian tube dysfunction. All of these conditions can cause temporary reduction in hearing.
Tympanometry is a method for measuring the function of the ear drum and middle ear system. It can be performed on infants through to adults. This test is done simply by placing a small probe in the ear canal while the probe delivers a soft buzzing noise and a puff of air into the ear canal to test the response of the eardrum.
Adult Hearing Rehabilitation
Hearing rehabilitation is the service provided to people with a loss of hearing to help meet their hearing needs. This service normally includes fitting a device such as a hearing aid. In addition, the client is given strategies to optimise their hearing and assistance on what to expect from hearing aids.
Getting used to the sound through a hearing instrument does require regular use and practice. Hearing impaired adults have often not heard soft sounds or high frequency sounds for a long time, so there is a process of adaptation and acclimatization which can take several months.. Our Audiologists will help you in getting the most out of your devices.
Earplugs for all environments:
Annandale Audiology are able to fit stock and custom-made earplugs for a variety of different environments.
We stock DOCS proplugs: Solid and Fenestrated models available.
We take impressions and order from the Resound Ear Plug range. These ear plugs are available in the following models.
Musicians Earplugs Suitable for: Musicians / Sound crews / DJ’s / Bands / Orchestras / Concert Goers / Night club staff and patrons. Link to brochure online here Musician’s plugs
Water Protection Earplugs Suitable for children and adults who are needing protection from water while swimming and showering. Link to brochure online here Water protection plugs
Sleeping Earplugs Link to online brochure here Sleeping Earplugs
Solid Hearsavers Suitable for hearing protection with industrial noise environments. Link to online brochure Noise reduction earplugs
Pensions & Veterans Affairs
If you are on a Centrelink pension or hold a Veterans Affairs Gold/White/Pension card you may be eligible for free or subsidised hearing services including hearing aids. To find out more call 1800 500 726 or go to the Office or Hearing Services website
Private health Funds
Private health funds provide rebates on hearing aid purchases for eligible customers. Please check with your health fund if you are eligible for a rebate on hearing aids. In addition, you may be able to claim them as a health cost deduction in your annual tax return.