Hearing Assessments and Consultations

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Our clinics conduct hearing assessment and consultation to help you find the perfect hearing device for your needs. The comprehensive hearing tests help diagnose hearing difficulties such as industrial deafness, work related hearing loss, Tinnitus, and other hearing difficulties.

With fully qualified clinicians servicing a range of hearing issues, we provide hearing tests and hearing device solutions with honest and trusted advice. We discuss and identify the best options for you in regards to the most suitable products, different kinds of available treatments and your budget. 

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What kinds of hearing loss are there?

There are three types of hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the inner ear, or the auditory nerve is damaged. It is the most common type of hearing loss and is, in a majority of cases, permanent.

Conductive hearing loss arises when sounds are unable to pass from the outer ear to the inner ear, which can be caused by a blockage such as earwax or damage to the eardrum or ossicular bones. It is in many cases temporary and can be treated medically.

Mixed hearing loss is when both sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss occur in the same ear. Treatment for the conductive component can help alleviate the degree of the hearing loss but the underlying sensorineural hearing loss will remain.

What are the signs and symptoms of hearing loss?

Because most cases of hearing loss develop gradually, the symptoms are often difficult to self-diagnose. Some signs pointing to hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty understanding others, especially in crowds or other background noise
  • Frequently asking others to speak up or to repeat themselves
  • Regularly turning up the volume of the television or radio
  • Habitually withdrawing from conversations or avoiding other social settings

What kind of problems can hearing loss cause?

Because hearing loss makes communication with others difficult, some people experience feelings of loneliness or isolation. Hearing loss is also associated with cognitive decline. The earlier it is addressed and treated, the better. Early identification of hearing loss, followed by appropriate intervention and management, can make a big difference. People with hearing loss, and those around them, can benefit from the use of hearing devices and related services