All That You Want to Know about Hearing Tests for Kids

Hearing concerns can arise in newborn babies, pre-school as well as school-going kids. It is recommended to conduct hearing tests for kids as per their requirements during their varied stages of development.

Babies

In Australia, the first hearing test for kids is conducted before a baby leaves the hospital. A second referral for a hearing test for kids may be suggested when the baby is around 8 months old in case of any pregnancy or birth-related risk factors or family history of hearing loss.

Pre-school kids

The need for a hearing test for pre-school kids arises due to:

  • Hearing concerns of the child
  • Frequently occurring ear infections
  • Delayed milestones concerning speech or development of language

Temporary blockage of middle ears and the subsequent impact on hearing is common among kids of this age. It can be carried into their years in lower primary school.

School going kids

Need for a hearing test for school going kids arises due to:

  • Behavior concerns
  • Difficulties with classroom concentration
  • Learning difficulties

Our audiologists add the fun element into the hearing tests for kids. It makes them fall in love with the tests. Your child is most welcome to visit any of our clinics at Richmond, Bellerive, Narre Warren, or Huonville. Whichever is close to you!


What Aspects are considered while choosing Your Hearing Aid?

There are varied options when it comes to choosing a hearing aid. At Eastern Audiology, you will be guided on the various alternatives available to you once you decide to opt for a hearing aid. After taking into consideration your personal needs, the best fit will be recommended to you after discussing the following aspects
● Preferred style
● Brands with the desired technology
● Pricing structure

As far as style goes, your audiologist will suggest what best suits your hearing loss and ear shape, as well as taking into consideration your desires. In some cases, the extent of your hearing loss may restrict you to a single style that will be the best fit.


As for the brand, Eastern Audiology is independent of any brand or manufacturer of hearing aids and hence, can offer you several brands to choose from. Normally, our aim remains to give you a choice of 4 to 5 brands that fit best into your requirements of style, price, and features.
The pricing of hearing aids depends on its inbuilt technology more than the style and varies from basic to a premium level. The presence of extra features like suppression of background sound or adjustment for fine-tuning for Eastern Audiology Audiologists increases the hearing aid price.


After discussing all the hearing aids aspects with you, your audiologist in Narre Warren, Richmond, Huonville, or Bellerive will ensure that you get the best fit of the hearing aid within your budget, communication needs, and degree of hearing loss.


Types of Hearing Tests

If you have a hearing issue, the place to go is Eastern Audiology. The first step undertaken is thorough testing of your hearing. At Eastern Audiology, we perform varied kinds of tests that help us understand in detail how sound travels through your ear and zeroing on problem areas if any.

Following are the hearing tests that are performed:

Tympanometry

A pressure test, this type checks the functioning of your middle ear and eardrum using puffing air into the ear.

Pure-tone Audiology

This test checks how well you respond to varied pitch sounds heard by you. Headphones and a headband-like device called a ‘bone conductor’ are used for the testing where you will be asked to pay attention to differing pitch sounds. Test outcomes will be available in the form of a graph which is known as an audiogram.

Speech Testing

This test checks your hearing ability in a quiet as well as a noisy background. How well you can repeat sentences and words voiced to you, will determine the volume at which you hear well and clear.

Our team of specialists is there to guide you through the varied tests, offer an exact diagnosis, and discuss the remedial solutions at your disposal. The options will go to great lengths to enhance your communication and enable you to live a full life. You can make an appointment by calling on 1300 090 701 for an exhaustive hearing test at any of our clinics, close to you in Richmond & Narre Warren in Victoria, or Bellerive & Huonville in Tasmania.


Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

Loss of hearing can be tough on you as sometimes it can escape your notice. It is often close family and friends that may advise that it’s time to undergo a hearing test.

At such times, Eastern Audiology’s team of experts is available to support you in all ways possible. They include:

  • Performing a comprehensive hearing test
  • Giving an exact diagnosis
  • Discussing suitable options to enhance your communication to achieve a better quality of life.

One of the options can be the use of hearing aids. Our team of experts at Eastern Audiology will suggest the best possible hearing aid considering your requirements and guide you every step of the way, as you move to use hearing aids. We aim to ensure you live life to the fullest.

We have a wide array of hearing aid solutions for you to choose from as our recommendations are independent and not influenced by any specific brand or manufacturer. It enables us to offer you the best solution available to you.

Our expert audiologists are available for any queries concerning hearing aids. You can call on 1300 090 701 for an appointment at any of our clinics close to you in Richmond & Narre Warren in Victoria or Bellerive & Huonville in Tasmania.


Testing for Tinnitus

The symptoms of tinnitus vary from individual to individual. Therefore, tinnitus testing for each patient can vary.

At Eastern Audiology, our Tinnitus treatment procedure includes:

  • Consultation with our tertiary-qualified audiologists to understand your problem in detail
  • Comprehensive testing for hearing as well as for tinnitus
  • Discussing the outcome to determine a solution best suited to your individual needs

Personal consultation with our expert team is vital as understanding your problem is the first step towards providing an effective solution. It is followed by an analysis of your Tinnitus test results, after which our audiologists will suggest the best possible remedy. If needed, an appointment with a specialist may also be recommended.

You get to know your Tinnitus problem in detail as well as understand the best-suited management strategies to make your life easier. You can make an appointment at any of our Eastern Audiology clinics in Richmond, Narre Warren, Hobart and Huonville


What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no external sound present. It is commonly described as a ring, buzz, or hiss in the ears. The symptoms can vary from person to person. Some may only hear it when in a quiet room, while others hear it all the time.

If not well managed, it can become intrusive in one’s life. Tinnitus may cause symptoms of anxiety, stress, irritability and fatigue. 

The first step to tinnitus treatment is booking a hearing test at Eastern Audiology. Our experienced audiologists in Richmond and Narre Warren will take a detailed history, assess your hearing and provide feedback on the possible causes of your tinnitus. Based on this information, our audiologists will recommend specific management strategies to help relieve your tinnitus awareness. 


How to Remove Ear Wax Blockage Fast?

Ear wax is our ears natural way of protecting themselves from dirt and dust, water, and foreign objects (even insects!). Ear wax is only produced in the outer third of the ear canal and for most people their ears will clean themselves. If your ears need a bit of help there are a few ear wax removal methods, however the fastest, safest and most gentle way in most cases is by microsuction performed by a trained audiologist, doctor or nurse. Microsuction uses a tiny vacuum that sucks the wax gentle from the ear canal. There is generally less risk of trauma to the ear, such as eardrum perforation, than other methods like syringing where water is flushed into the canal. Sometimes it is surprising to find out that ear wax is not the culprit of your symptoms after all. At Eastern Audiology your audiologists can also provide a hearing test for further investigation if needed. We also work alongside Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists at our Narre Warren and Richmond clinics, which some patients may need to see for medical care of the ears if their symptoms are caused by something other than wax, such as infection or middle ear blockage.


Do I Have a Hearing Loss Test?

A hearing loss can present in different ways. It may be that you are asking for more speech repeats, mishearing speech quite often, turning the television up louder than previously, withdrawing socially, isolating oneself and/or having difficulty hearing in situations with background noise. If you experience any of these problems, or have concerns regarding your hearing, a full hearing assessment is recommended.

At Eastern Audiology, our experienced team of Audiologists at our Narre Warren and Richmond clinics will take a comprehensive history of your hearing and ear health and perform a complete hearing test. A thorough hearing test will be able to determine if a hearing loss is present, and if so, to what degree and type. Your Audiologist will discuss the management options available to you. This may include the recommendation of hearing aids. Our Audiologists want you to make an informed decision, discussing any questions or concerns you may have. We are proud to be completely independent from any hearing aid manufacturer or brand.


Can a Hearing Aid Stop Tinnitus?

Tinnitus comes in many forms, including ringing, buzzing, or clicking sounds. When tinnitus is present, there is often, but not always, an underlying hearing loss as well. A hearing test performed by a trained Audiologist is therefore recommended if there are concerns regarding tinnitus. While there is no scientifically proven tinnitus cure, there are several different tinnitus treatment options available that may help to improve your quality of life.

At Eastern Audiology, our Audiologists at our Narre Warren and Richmond clinics can discuss the best tinnitus management options that are appropriate for you. This may include hearing aids. Hearing aids can often assist in reducing tinnitus awareness by making sounds available that were previously unheard because of the hearing loss. These sounds are then focused on, redirecting attention away from the tinnitus. They can also reduce the strain of your daily listening load, relieving the stress and anxiety that can be caused by your communication difficulties. Our Audiologists will help to determine the best management option/s for your needs and lifestyle to help reduce the impact the tinnitus may be having on you.


How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?

The decision to take the next step and go ahead with hearing aids can feel a little daunting. Our Audiologists at Eastern Audiology are here to support and guide you to find the right devices for you. This involves an appointment to evaluate your communication needs and get an understanding of your hearing and ear health history. A thorough hearing test is then conducted. We then discuss the options available, considering your hearing, lifestyle, and budget. 

While the style of hearing aids vary, hearing aid prices can also vary significantly. They can range from around $1500 to over well $7000 for a pair, pricing is dependent on the level of technology within the hearing aid. You may be eligible for free or subsidized hearing aids through the Federal Government’s Hearing Services Program. 

At Eastern Audiology , we provide transparent pricing by offering an unbundled pricing structure, separating the cost of the device and service, for hearing aid fittings. This enables you to select the device and fitting package that is most suitable for your budget and hearing needs. Our Audiologists at our Narre Warren and Richmond clinics pride themselves on being fully independent from any hearing aid brand or manufacturer, enabling them to provide you with a full range of devices to best suit your needs.