How can my hearing be assessed?
We assess adults’ hearing using three different tests:
- 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 ( 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
- If you have 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.
- Speech testing gives an idea how well you may respond to the use of a hearing aid.
- Middle ear and Eustachian tube function testing
- Tympanometry is a test that will indicate whether there is a problem with how the eardrum is functioning.
- The 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.
- An abnormal result is seen if there is a hole in the eardrum, or fluid in the middle ear
How long will it take to assess my hearing?
- 30 minutes is allocated for each standard hearing test.
- If you have normal hearing it may take less than the allotted time.
- If you feel you need to be assessed for hearing aids, please let our reception staff know as they will need to book a longer appointment (normally 75 minutes).
I have been having external Ear Canal infections, do I need a hearing test?
- If there has been wax or discharge in the ear canal you should see your GP or ENT Specialist prior to having a hearing test.
- There is a chance that hearing will return to normal after clearing the wax of infection from the external ear, in which case a hearing test will not be necessary.
Where can I have my hearing tested in the Inner West, or close to the city centre of Sydney?
- Annandale Audiology and Hearing Aids is in in Annandale, minutes away from central Sydney and close to Glebe, Balmain, Leichhardt, Haberfield, Lilyfield and Rozelle.
- It is very accessible by public transport, and there is ample unlimited parking just outside the practice
I keep getting offers for free hearing tests in the mail or over the phone. Should I have one performed?
- It is sometimes interesting to know where your hearing is at, but if you are not worried about your hearing function in day to day life, a hearing test is unlikely to change anything.
- It is only worth having this kind of screening test if you think that you might be interested in a hearing aid if the test confirms significant hearing loss.
I have heard it is possible to test my hearing online. How do I do this?