Hearing tests

 

Our hearing tests

If you find yourself turning the television up louder and louder, constantly straining to hear what people are saying, missing the doorbell or phone ringing, or experiencing any similar hearing related problems, it could be a symptom of hearing loss or impairment. Hearing loss can come about so gradually that it’s almost imperceptible to the sufferer, so if you are experiencing even small indications that you might have a hearing loss, it is advisable to visit an audiologist and undergo a hearing test. It is also recommended that you have your hearing tested regularly when you are over the age of 50 or have been systematically exposed to loud noises throughout your life

About our hearing tests

While a free online hearing test is a valuable resource for those who suspect they are experiencing hearing loss, it is important to visit an audiologist in person for a thorough examination of your hearing. At Bay Audio, our highly trained and qualified clinical team will provide you not only with a comprehensive hearing test, but also offer an exceptional level of customer service so you can be confident your hearing health is in good hands.

Your Bay Audio audiologist will administer a thorough hearing test evaluating your hearing sensitivity and responses to speech. Our tests encompass a range of audiometry, utilizing state of the art technology. After a chat with our audiologist, your ears will be examined and your hearing test will be administered in a painless and non-invasive manner, involving test tones being played to you through a headset or earplugs. The test lasts for about 30 minutes. Once our audiologist has completed your test, they will discuss with you the next steps to take, whether further medical referral is required or hearing devices are necessary, your Audiologist will advise you of the most appropriate course of action.

How we measure hearing loss

Hearing loss is measured in decibels (dB) by one of our expert Audiologists when you attend your hearing test appointment.

Hearing tests measure your ability to hear different pitches, sounds and frequencies. To determine this, Bay Audio’s hearing assessments include the following tests:

  • pure-tone audiometry utilizing air and bone conduction methods
  • speech audiometry and impedance audiometry including tympanometry and acoustic reflexes (when required)
  • A simulation of enhanced hearing for customers that present with a hearing loss. This process incorporates live voice assessments and exposure to real world environments, allowing customers to experience the best hearing outcome possible, this can highlight deficiencies in hearing which may have been missed for years

Once your hearing test is complete, your results will be displayed on an audiogram (a chart showing the results of your test). Your audiologist will talk to you in detail about your results so that you feel confident in the health of your ears and your hearing ability so that you can regain the joy of hearing.

They will answer any questions you may have and take you through what the next steps are, including recommending the ideal hearing device, should you need one.

Hearing loss is typically broken down into degrees of hearing loss detailed below:

Mild hearing loss

20-40 dB – Your loved one cannot hear soft sounds and they struggle to understand speech in noisy places.

Moderate hearing loss

41-55 dB – You cannot hear moderate sounds and have difficulty understanding speech when there is background noise.

Moderately-severe

56-70 dB – You find it difficult hearing everyday sounds and struggle having conversations in noisy locations.

Severe hearing loss

71-90 dB – You ask people to raise their voices and group conversations are extremely difficult.

Profound hearing loss

More than 90 dB – You can only hear some very loud sounds and communications is impossible without hearing devices.

Our expert Audiologists take the time to listen and understand where your hearing challenges are now and your expectations for the future. Life is for listening and we’ll ensure that you feel happy and confident in interacting with the world around you.

If you feel you are experiencing hearing loss, take our online hearing test, or book a Bay Audio hearing test now.

PO BOX 415 Parramatta
NSW 2124