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Hearing Services

Audiological Services Summary

Attune is supported by ENT Surgeons who review all aspects of your patient’s audiological management.

 

Diagnostic Test/Management

Pure Tone Audiogram (PTA)

(Hearing Test) 

Age: Children 3.5 years+ and adults

  • Tests hearing sensitivity of each ear individually, includes a range of frequencies.
  • Measures the ability to understand speech.
  • Evaluates middle ear status.

Hearing Test for Infants

Age: 6 to 13 months

  • Visual Reinforcement Orientation Audiometry (puppet show as a visual reward).
  • Play Audiometry (child is asked to respond to a sound using toys in a game).

Hearing Test for Young Children

Age: 13 months to 4 years

Objective Assessments:

  • Otoacoustic Emissions (assessment of middle ear and cochlear status).
  • Immittance or Auditory Brainstem Response to help determine hearing status.

(Central) Auditory Processing (C)AP

Age: 7 years + and adults

Evaluates auditory processing function when a child’s hearing is normal but has difficulty understanding speech in challenging listening environments or shows poor achievement in the classroom.

Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response (ABR)

Adults, children and infants

  • Test used for diagnostic purposes and/or to determine hearing thresholds.
  • Suitable for patients with asymmetrical hearing or suspicious unilateral symptoms eg tinnitus and/or dizziness.
  • Investigates different areas of the hearing system, determining the site of the hearing disorder. Includes tests sensitive to retrocochlear or brainstem lesions.

Hearing Aid Assessment, Fitting and Rehabilitation

(FREE for pensioners and veterans)

Age: Adults

Assessment and advice on amplification based on which part of the hearing system has been affected and what type of hearing aid management is most suitable for the patient’s hearing loss and lifestyle needs.

Balance and Dizziness

(VNG/ENG and/or Caloric)

Age: Adults

Tests the vestibular system following the onset of dizziness, disequilibrium or imbalance.

Test instructions:

  • NO medications for dizziness or nausea 2 days prior to the test.
  • NO alcohol or smoking for at least 48 hours and only have a light meal
  • NO driving immediately after the test.

Tinnitus Consultation

Age: Adults

  • Counselling and tinnitus coping strategies. (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Neuromonics).
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Pre-Employment

(Hearing Test)

Age: Adults

  • Test is required as part of Workplace Health and Safety.

Medico Legal Report

Age: Any age

  • Audiological assessment and comment of these results for legal purposes.

Specialised Diagnostic Tests

(Normally ordered by specialists)

  • Implant Assessment ‘Bionic Ear’ (Cochlear, MED-EL).
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA).
  • VIBRANT Soundbridge (VSB).
  • Fistula Test.
  • ECoG – Electrocochleography.
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Test with Audiogram.
  • VEMP – Saccule Function Test.

Your patient is eligible for a Medicare rebate for most diagnostic assessments. To receive a rebate patients must have a referral from a Medical Practitioner.

 

What tests will your patients need?

Which test will your patient need depending on their symptom.

 

Pure Tone Audiogram (PTA) – Hearing Test + Imittance + Speech Discrimination + Acoustic Reflexes

Symptoms:

  • Ringing in the ear
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Hearing loss (unilateral/bilateral/sudden)
  • Blocked ears
  • Difficulty hearing in noise

PTA + VNG/ENG & Caloric – Balance Tests (VNG/ENG & Caloric) + Hearing Test (PTA) + Imittance + Speech Discrimination + Acoustic Reflexes

Symptoms:

  • Dizziness and vertigo

PTA + ABR – Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response (ABR) + Hearing Test (PTA) + Imittance + Speech Discrimination + Acoustic Reflexes

Symptoms:

  • Hearing loss (unilateral)

PTA + CAP – (Central) Auditory Processing Test (C)AP + Hearing Test (PTA) + Imittance + Speech Discrimination Acoustic Reflexes

Symptoms:

  • Difficulty hearing in noise (Children over 7 years)

ECoG – Electrocochleography

Symptoms:

  • Dizziness and vertigo / imbalance

VEMP – Saccule function test

Symptoms:

  • Dizziness and vertigo / imbalance

vHIT – Head Impulse Test

Symptoms:

  • Dizziness and vertigo / imbalance

ENT Surgeons, working in collaboration with Attune audiologists, support and review all clinical aspects of your patient’s hearing test and rehabilitation – ensuring patient care is based on the highest medical and scientific standards. This unique collaboration differentiates Attune from other hearing centres, owned by hearing aid manufacturers.

Does your patient need a hearing aid assessment?

If your patient has any degree of hearing loss or communication difficulty if they suffer from any of the following:

  • Not hearing well in background noise
  • Ringing in one or both ears
  • Friends and family are having to repeat themselves
  • Sounds like people are mumbling
  • Constantly having to turn up TV and radio

 

Attune Hearing offers a wide range of brands and styles to suit every loss and lifestyle.

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