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What happens during a hearing assessment?

Amplifon Audiologist Madeleine Yacoub shares why it’s so important to have your hearing tested.

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It is important to get your hearing checked yearly

  • If you have hearing loss it can continue to decline over time, so it is important to treat it as soon as you can.
  • There are health benefits to healthy hearing, as it is related to your overall brain health and cognitive function.
  • You don’t realise how much you miss your hearing until you have it back again.

If you feel like you or a loved one are starting to miss conversations or finding you keep turning up the volume on the TV or radio, it may be time to get your hearing checked.

A 20-minute free hearing check is a usually a good place to start to get peace of mind and clarity about the health of your ears. This initial test is simple and straightforward – it will detect if any hearing loss is present.

The next step if some loss is detected from the hearing check, is to attend a 60-minute comprehensive hearing assessment. Although sometimes a hearing assessment is recommended as the first step depending on an individual's situation.

The more advanced hearing assessment is made up of several different tests. The results of these tests are combined to form a thorough evaluation on your hearing levels. 

Here's a rundown of exactly what to expect when getting your Hearing Assessment:

  • Tonal audiometry to determine your hearing capabilities and the type of hearing loss. You'll put on a pair of headphones and a machine called an audiometer will emit beeps and whistles (pure tones) at a range of frequencies. You’ll be asked to press a button or raise your hand when you can hear the sounds. This test measures the softest tone you can hear at each frequency.
  • Speech audiometry to determine your hearing clarity and/or ability to understand speech. It's similar to the tonal audiometry test, except you'll listen to recorded words spoken at different volumes and then be asked to repeat what you hear. This test establishes the softest speech sounds you can hear and understand.
  • Customised speech tests to find out how you clearly you can hear and understand conversations in real life noisy situations.

From here, it can be determined what actions can be taken to improve your hearing, such as prescribing hearing devices. You can even test out devices in clinic or with a 14-day trial to see which one works for you and identify the benefits that are available.

Take the first step to get you back on track to enjoy the sounds of life again.

Book your free hearing check (link) or if you have already noticed some decline in your hearing, get it touch with Amplifon on 1800 282 888 and they can book you in to a 60-minute comprehensive hearing assessment at no cost to you.

Free 20-minute hearing checks available to everyone aged 18 and over. Visit the Amplifon website for full terms and conditions. 

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