Independent advice, tailored for you.

Independent advice, tailored for you.

We have the expertise, independence and care to develop the perfect hearing solution for your condition.

We have the expertise, independence and care to develop the perfect hearing solution for your condition.

Hearing Tests

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Fitting Hearing Devices

Fitting Hearing
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Ear Wax Removal

Ear Wax
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Ongoing Care

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Hearing Tests

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Hearing Devices

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HEARING TESTS

Our standard diagnostic hearing assessment is comprised of three tests:

Pure tone audiometry presents sounds at different frequencies, descending in volume to measure the hearing sensitivity in each ear. We construct an audiogram based on the results, showing the softest tone heard – the hearing threshold level. The audiogram enables the diagnosis of hearing loss and which part of the ear is damaged.

The impedance test assesses the function of the middle ear. It also measures the acoustic reflex which gives information about inner ear function.

Speech recognition tests assist in the overall diagnosis to determine at what volume you can hear correctly. The Independent Hearing Centre conducts this test as a routine part of an overall hearing assessment. It is essential in identifying the correct hearing solution.

Hearing loss in children can have a significant impact on their development, so if you suspect any hearing problem, it is critical to check your child’s hearing.

Hearing Tests for children are the same as those used for adults, and the Audiologists at IHC are experienced in testing children over 3 years of age. A modified test using play audiometry is used between the ages of 3 and approximately 8. Children under 3 are referred to Australian Hearing or the Children’s hospital for testing.

The Independent Hearing Centre can offer FREE hearing services for eligible pensioners and DVA clients through our accreditation with the Government’s Office of Hearing Services (OHS) program.

We can offer:

  • FREE hearing tests
  • FREE hearing aids/devices
  • No waiting time for government approval. Instant eligibility check.

The OHS program includes a comprehensive range of hearing aids free of charge. Options are also available to upgrade to more sophisticated devices with additional private cost contributions. Costs can vary greatly between devices and styles, and more expensive does not always mean better hearing.

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FITTING HEARING DEVICES

The Independent Hearing Centre has the experience and expertise to fit one of the broadest ranges of hearing devices in Australia.

Our audiologists established one of the first independent hearing practice owned by audiologists, in Australia at Sydney’s St Vincent’s hospital in 1994. Enabled by our independence, we have been at the forefront of advanced hearing solutions ever since, including cochlear implants from its pioneering days. Our audiologists have fitted over 400 patients with implants through St Vincent’s Hearing And Balance Centre.

In our quest to provide the very best hearing solutions, our audiologists continue to monitor the latest trends and technology in hearing treatments around the world, across all manufacturers.

Whether you’re looking for your first hearing aid or have worn one for years and are looking to upgrade, our highly experienced audiologists can assist you with selecting and fitting the right device for your needs.

We offer honest advice, independent of any manufacturer, with no commissions or preference agreements.

We listen to your priorities and concerns, always considering your lifestyle and needs when assisting you in the selection of your hearing aid. The most expensive models are not necessarily the best option for your circumstances.

All hearing aids are fitted at The Independent Hearing Centre clinics with a comprehensive follow up schedule and guaranteed hearing aid trial period.

Whether you’re having a cochlear implant or bone conduction device, some surgical intervention will be required. We consider fitting an implant as a partnership between you, an ENT surgeon and your GP, with our audiologist managing the process to keep you informed of the progress and aware of what is involved in each stage.

The initial stage will involve comprehensive assessment by an Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) surgeon and our Audiologist – including audiometry and speech tests and hearing aid suitability and assessment. There may be a psychological assessment to further assess suitability for an implant.

It may be possible to introduce you to an implant recipient, enabling you to discuss living with an implant and gain a full understanding what to expect. However,  the final decision to proceed is made between you, your ENT surgeon and your GP, considering all of the assessment results.

Surgery to insert the cochlear implant’s electrode array, or bone conduction implant’s titanium abutment takes place in hospital and usually only requires a single night stay.

Our audiologist will liaise with your surgeon regarding when to ‘switch on’ your implant, which can be anywhere from days, to up to three weeks after surgery for cochlear implants, and several weeks more for bone conduction devices.

Your implant will need to be ‘switched on’ and programmed over two or three sessions at The Independent Hearing Centre. Several training and rehabilitation sessions may be required after this to re-map your implant and check its progress.

Hearing implants require on-going support with follow up sessions at the Independent Hearing Centre clinic every six to twelve months, to check their progress.

Lyric hearing aids are a revolutionary extended wear hearing aid. Completely invisible and with no need to remove them for most daily activities.

The Lyric sits very deep in your ear canal, just millimetres from your ear drum and can be comfortably placed in the ear canal by our audiologists with no need for surgery or anaesthesia. Once fitted the device is programmed for your ear and the whole process takes about 45 minutes.

Periodic replacement throughout the year is part of the service, through follow up sessions at The Independent Hearing Centre clinic.

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EAR WAX REMOVAL

Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, provides an important function: it protects the skin of the ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi and water.

Occasionally we get a build up of wax that may cause some hearing difficulty, or trap water in the ear. Our audiologists can safely remove the wax from deep in the ear canal with a suite of specially designed instruments and precision training. This is something that should only ever be performed by your audiologist, ENT specialist or GP.

The process is undertaken by appointment at the Independent Hearing Centre clinic and takes approximately 45minutes.

All audiological assessments and hearing aid fittings need to have a wax-free ear canal.

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ONGOING CARE

Our audiologists consider themselves as partners in your hearing solution and our independence enables us to offer honest advice on which hearing solution is right for you.

Our relationship with our patients continues beyond the fitting of the device. To maintain the very best quality hearing you can achieve, we recommend check ups every six to twelve months for hearing aids and implants to check their progress. Over time, your device may need tuning to changes in your environment or hearing condition.

We also carry a broad range of accessories across all the major brands and are available for support if you’re experiencing problems with your hearing device.

 


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