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Is hearing loss beginning to impact your ability to enjoy day-to-day life? If you suspect your quality of life is affected, it is best to have your hearing assessed.
Victorian Hearing’s comprehensive diagnostic hearing test is the first step in identifying and treating your hearing loss. Following comprehensive testing in one of our Victorian clinics, we determine the most appropriate solution for each individual.
Our team of audiologists have amassed years of experience, guaranteeing you a professional, friendly and trusted service.
Comprehensive hearing tests
adult diagnostic hearing tests
Over a 90 minute initial appointment, we will perform comprehensive history taking, ear canal examination, middle ear status evaluation, diagnostic evaluation of your hearing ability, and discussion of a hearing solution if required.
You will be asked many questions about your hearing history, including the extent to which you feel your current hearing level impacts your everyday life. We must gain a detailed picture of your hearing difficulties and understand your lifestyle, hearing needs, and motivation to improve your hearing and quality of life to tailor a personal hearing solution for you.
The diagnostic testing encompasses both sounds and speech. You will need to participate actively in these tests, which require your concentration but are otherwise painless.
Once the hearing test is complete, your audiologist will present you with a thorough explanation of your test results, with plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions. We aim to ensure you have a full understanding of your hearing loss and how it relates to the problems you are experiencing. You can take a copy of your test results home with you on the day. Depending on the results, we will advise whether amplification would be of benefit or not. Your hearing aid options can then be discussed.
Pure Tone Audiometry
This test is used to determine your sensitivity to auditory stimulus. It uses a series of ‘pure tones’ to identify the softest level you can hear across various frequencies in each ear. It’s subjective and behavioural as it relies on your response and identifies thresholds to create a graphical result known as an audiogram. Pure tone audiometry determines the degree and type of hearing loss in each ear. It also indicates whether further referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist is required.
Tympanometry is used to assess middle ear function. It is a quick and painless test that requires no patient involvement and provides valuable information concerning the middle ear system. It works by creating a small change in air pressure within the ear canal and recording the ear drum’s movement in response. This test can identify a perforation in the eardrum, middle ear fluid, patent grommet, Eustachian tube dysfunction and other medical conditions of the middle ear.
Speech Audiometry is used to confirm the audiogram and also indicate speech understanding at various volumes. It requires the patient to repeat a series of words in each ear under headphones. These words are often presented at normal conversational levels and then with amplification to help the audiologist assess if a hearing aid would benefit you.