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Hearing Assessments

We perform compehensive hearing assessments for all ages 3years and older

At Holistic Hearing Solutions, many of our clients come to us through referrals from friends who have experienced our exceptional care or from healthcare providers who recognize the superior level of evaluation and treatment we offer. Our clients appreciate the personalized attention they receive and often refer others to experience the difference that comes with choosing an independent provider.

We welcome individuals of all ages, from children to seniors, and our office schedule is designed to help you discreetly and comfortably address your hearing needs. We take the time to slow down the process, ensuring that we obtain a thorough history, conduct a comprehensive evaluation, and provide clear, detailed education on our findings. Together, we develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Our commitment to pre- and post-treatment functional assessments allows us to accurately measure your progress and growth.

We understand that acknowledging hearing difficulties and making an appointment can be challenging. However, taking that first step is a significant move towards improving your hearing and overall quality of life. At Holistic Hearing Solutions, we are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring you feel informed, educated, and confident in your journey to better hearing.

What happens during a Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation at Holistic Hearing Solutions

We provide thorough and individualised care to meet your unique hearing needs. Here’s what you can expect during a comprehensive hearing evaluation with us:

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Initial Consultation

  • Understanding Your Hearing Concerns: We begin by discussing your hearing difficulties in detail. This helps us get a clear picture of your situation. We suggest bringing a Companion or  significant other, family member, or friend to provide additional insights into your hearing challenges.

Detailed Medical History

  • Gathering Medical Information: Your audiologist will review your current medical history, including any past injuries, medications, and conditions that might affect your hearing.
  • Lifestyle Discussion: We will talk about your daily activities, occupation, and recreational habits to understand how hearing loss impacts your life.

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Physical Examination of the Ear

  • Visual Inspection: We conduct a thorough physical examination of your ears to check for blockages or abnormalities. Using a Video Otoscope we display the inside of your ear on a screen. This allows you to see what we see, providing a unique and engaging experience. Many clients find this aspect particularly interesting.

Comprehensive Audiometric Testing

  • Air Conduction Testing: Conducted in a soundproof booth using headphones or insert earphones, this test uses audible “beep” sounds to determine the softest levels of sounds you can hear at different frequency ranges.
  • Bone Conduction Testing: A bone oscillator placed on your mastoid bone sends sound vibrations directly to your inner ear, bypassing the outer and middle ear. This helps identify the type of hearing loss.
  • Tympanometry: This test measures the movement of your eardrum by pushing air into your ear canal, helping us understand the condition of your middle ear.
  • Speech Reception Thresholds (SRT): You will be asked to repeat a series of two-syllable words that decrease in volume to determine the softest level of speech you can barely understand.
  • Word Recognition Testing: Using recorded words, this test measures your ability to understand speech at a comfortable listening level.
  • Speech-in-Noise (SIN) Testing: This test evaluates your ability to understand speech in background noise, a critical aspect for real-world hearing situations. For many people with hearing loss, this is their greatest difficulty, but not many audiologist include this test in their protocol.

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Discussing Your Results

  • Clear Explanation: We will discuss all your test results in detail, ensuring you understand your specific type of hearing loss.
  • Educational Approach: We take pride in our patient education, making sure you are well-informed about your hearing health and treatment options.

Personalised Treatment Plan

  • Joint Decision-Making: Based on your test results and personal input, we will work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
  • HearingUp Network Checklist: We adhere to the HearingUp Network Checklist to ensure that every aspect of your care meets the highest standards.

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Ongoing Support

  • Follow-Up Care: We will schedule several follow-up visits over the course of your first year to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Continuous Improvement: Our goal is to ensure you are hearing your best, and we provide ongoing support to achieve this.

Getting to Know You

  • Personalised Attention: We treat every patient like family, placing your wants, needs, and values at the top of our priority list. Understanding your lifestyle and hearing challenges provides a solid foundation for your care.

What’s Next?

  • Scheduling Your Appointment: Contact our patient care coordinators by calling our office or emailing us. They will help you schedule the right type of appointment and inform you about what to expect.

Did you know?

In Australia, 1 in 6 people experience hearing loss

Research shows 60% of people over 60 yrs and 70% over 70 yrs have a hearing loss
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