What is involved in hearing tests?
These are three types of testing available:
Outer ear testing – Otoscopy: Here, we are using a specialist instrument called an otoscope. We use the otoscope to check the ear canal for blockages and to assess the health of your eardrum.
Middle Ear Testing – Tympanometry: We blow a small puff of air into the ear canal and this tells us if the eardrum and middle ear bones are working as they should!
Entire Ear testing – Pure Tone Audiometry: This test involves assessing your response to sounds at different pitches so as to check the level of hearing loss (if any!)
Services provided to you:
Below is a list of the hearing related services provided to you at Medimart:
- Free hearing screening
- Diagnostic assessments
- Pre-employment hearing assessments
- Fitting hearing aids
- Hearing aid batteries and spare parts
- Follow up consultations and adjustments
- Hearing protection equipment and advice
- Assistance for funding
- NDIS provider
Common causes of hearing loss
Did you know that around 17% of Australians suffer hearing loss in some form? That’s a very high figure, so if you’re thinking that you may be short on hearing – you’re not alone!
There are two types of hearing loss:
Sensorineural hearing loss
Common causes include:
- A history of hearing loss in the family
- Frequent occurrences of ear infections (particularly with children)
- Complications at time of birth
- Acute illnesses such as meningitis
- Long-term exposure to noise
- Deterioration as you age
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is an issue causing sound to not be conducted through to the middle ear. Common causes include:
- A build-up of fluid in the middle ear
- A build-up of wax in the ear
- A stiffening of the tiny middle ear bones over time
- Exostoses (commonly referred to as swimmer’s ears)
Home hearing test
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Being less responsive or ignorant to sound
- Behavioral issues and irritability are common
- In children, speech and development can be delayed
- Balance issues
- Talking louder than normal levels
- Having the TV/radio on loud all the time
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Having to really focus on people’s faces when conversing
Hearing loss quick test:
- In social situations or group settings, do you have difficulty hearing?
- Do you have to ask people to repeat their words often?
- Have you any ringing or a buzzing sound in the ears?
- Do you find it difficult to understand people or feel that they are mumbling?
- Do people often tell you that the TV volume is up too loud?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, it might be time for a hearing test.
At Medimart, our aim is to go above and beyond when you come in to see us to get your hearing tested.
Your hearing will be screened by a professional in the field of assessing, diagnosing and treating hearing loss and we’ll help to not only identify the causes of your hearing loss, but also to provide a remedy, perhaps by way of a hearing aid.
One of the best things about getting an Adelaide hearing test is that Medimart has minimal waiting times for our hearing screenings. We’re adequately staffed with experts and strive to have plenty of appointment availability for our new patients – we want to help you fast!