Hearing Tests

Hearing loss is the third most experienced physical condition for adults worldwide. Right now, there are an estimated 3.6 million Australians with some degree of hearing loss. That’s 1 out of 6 people, many of whom go untreated. By age 65, 1 out of 3 people will experience hearing loss.

mature woman attending a hearing test to evaluate her hearing health

Mental Health

Hearing loss is a major public health concern and can affect people of all ages. Depending on the cause, hearing loss may be sudden or gradual as well as temporary or permanent. Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can have adverse consequences on both our physical and mental health.

Hearing Loss Prevention

Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent future problems and conditions. Many people wait until difficulty hearing has already begun and by that time may have been living with hearing loss for several years.

Risk Increases with Age

Hearing loss risks increase with age and individuals over age 60 are recommended to seek annual hearing checkups to catch and diagnose hearing problems early.

What to Expect During Your Hearing Test Appointment

The clinician will go through a series of questions before checking your hearing. These questions are designed to understand your hearing, your lifestyle needs and any challenges you may have.

The hearing test will start with a physical examination of your ears. An otoscope is used by the clinician to view the inner workings of your ears. The otoscope doesn’t hurt, so don’t be nervous about this part.

Finally, the “hearing” part of the exam will begin. A pure-tone test and a speech-recognition test may be used to assess your actual hearing levels. As these tests are performed, the results are recorded on a strip of paper known as an audiogram. A hearing test provides a measure of the sensitivity of a person’s hearing across the full range of speech. The test will measure the quietest sound that you can hear across several points in the speech range.

The audiogram indicates whether you have hearing loss and the degree of loss. The clinician will discuss the result and options with you.

Paediatric Test

There are a number of different tests available depending on the age of the child. Not all clinicians are qualified to do children’s hearing tests so it is best to check with us to see if your local ihear clinic offers this service.

child being fitted for an assistive listening device during a hearing test
blue collar worker wearing hearing protection

Industrial Hearing Test

Hearing loss can be a direct effect of many occupations and exposure to loud environmental sounds. Our work-related hearing care services include free hearing checks to assess if you have been exposed to a noisy work environment or suffer from tinnitus (ringing in your ears). We can also provide hearing protection solutions including custom earplugs and workcover assessments to ensure you get the ongoing support you need to protect your hearing as you work. If your work or environment has impacted your hearing, you may be entitled to free hearing aid options or compensation for hearing loss.

Do you have hearing loss?

If you’re not sure—maybe you’ve started to think you do—or people close to you have said you might take the free online hearing test. Please keep in mind that this online hearing test should only be a second option. A full test provided in person by a clinician is the most accurate way to diagnose hearing loss.

How do I know if I need a hearing test?

The signs of hearing loss may be subtle and difficult to identify at first. It may often take years for a person to realize or admit they are experiencing a loss of hearing. If you experience any of the following, you may want to consider scheduling a comprehensive hearing examination.

You say “What?” often…

Asking someone to repeat themselves from time to time is fine, but if you have to ask for frequent repetition this may be a symptom of hearing loss.

You have trouble hearing on the phone…

Occasional trouble is not worrisome, but regular difficulty hearing the other party over the phone may be a symptom of hearing loss.

You have a ringing in your ears…

Ringing in the ears is often thought to be a sign of hearing loss or damage.

You have trouble hearing in crowded environments…

Hearing loss can make it difficult to hear in group situations such as restaurants and social gatherings.

Your television is too loud for others’ comfort…

If you require turning your television to a volume others find uncomfortable, it may be a sign of hearing loss.

People have said something to you…

If friends or family have expressed concern about your ability to hear, it may be time to schedule a hearing test.

Take Control of Your Hearing Health Today

The signs of hearing loss are subtle and difficult to identify, which is why it’s critical to be proactive regarding your hearing at the first sign. If you’re concerned about possible hearing loss, you have options. Schedule a hearing test at one of our many clinics or take our free hearing test online. We’re here to help you with your hearing needs – from diagnosis to solutions. Let us partner with you to help you hear and live your best.