Who should have a hearing test?
Hearing loss can be impacted by a number of different factors, so if any of the below apply to you, you should make an appointment to have your hearing tested;
- People over the age of 55
- History of noise exposure (industrial or recreational)
- Family history of hearing loss
- People with Type I or Type II Diabetes
- People with Cardiovascular Disease
- Use of ototoxic medication (such as cancer treatment medication, other strong medication types)
- Anyone who suspects they may have some hearing loss
What causes hearing loss?
There are numerous causes of hearing loss, the most common causes are age and noise exposure.
What causes ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)?
There are numerous causes of tinnitus, ranging from hearing loss, to side effects of medication, to head injuries, plus many more known causes. People with a history of noise exposure or hearing loss are at an increased risk of suffering from tinnitus.
Is there a cure for tinnitus?
Unfortunately there is no direct cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease but is experienced as a result of an underlying problem/illness. Thus taking corrective action against the cause may result in relief from the ringing. If tinnitus is present together with hearing loss then hearing aids can often provide relief from the tinnitus. Many modern hearing aids also contain specialised settings to help individuals overcome the burden of tinnitus.
Which brand of hearing aids is the best?
Unfortunately there is no such thing as the perfect brand. Many of the reputable hearing aid manufacturers make excellent devices but there is no device that is perfect for every hearing loss and every client's needs. That is why we believe having access to a large range of devices is important. This allows HearClear Audiology to provide the most suitable devices to all our clients' needs.
How do I know which hearing aids I should choose?
It is essential to have a comprehensive assessment by a qualified professional to identify the degree and nature of hearing loss. Taking the results into consideration, as well as your hearing requirements, an independent professional will be able to provide you with a choice of devices which are most suitable to your needs. A trial with the recommended devices will offer you first hand experience and allow you to evaluate the performance for yourself.
Do I need to be referred by a doctor?
You can make an appointment for a hearing test without a referral. From this test we will be able to explain the results and advise you of your options.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Some hearing aids are available free to pensioners under the Office of Hearing Services (OHS) scheme. If you choose to go above the government standard hearing aids you can still receive the rebate and pay the gap. For private clients not eligible for an OHS voucher hearing aid costs vary from $1,250 to around $5,000 per device. These costs may be reduced by help from a private health fund or through a tax rebate for medical expenditure.
Do I get help from my health fund?
If you have extras cover which includes the cover of hearing aids and have not claimed recently for hearing aids you may be eligible for a rebate. It is advisable to contact you health fund and check on your eligibility and the amount that is available as these can vary greatly between health funds, or even within a health fund depending on your level of cover.
Is there a cost for a hearing test?
Most hearing tests are free of charge, however, where a report is required for employment purposes or for license requirements ie aviation or diving you will be charged a service fee for this service. Please contact our friendly staff for current pricing.
Why are hearing aids cheaper on line?
A successful hearing aid fitting is unfortunately more complicated than simply purchasing a device. Hearing aids are not the same as TVs and radios. It is not just a matter of plugging them into power or inserting a battery and off you go, even if someone has your hearing test results and programs the devices to your hearing loss. There are many hearing aids available on line at extremely competitive prices, what they often fail to mention, however, is that services received with these hearing aids are very limited and in some cases non-existent. Buying a good quality hearing aid does not guarantee a successful outcome. Online hearing aids do not offer the follow up service required to make the hearing aid fitting a success and over the life of the hearing aids as your hearing or needs continue to change, paying for these appointments may cost you a lot more than the initial saving. If you purchase unsuitable devices for your hearing loss or needs then no matter how many adjustments you receive the success will always be limited. At HearClear Audiology we will select the most suitable devices for your needs and any hearing aids fitted by us come with service and adjustments for the lifetime duration of the hearing aids we supply. We will not charge you for appointments, adjustments or service, thus ensuring the best possible outcomes for you and your hearing devices, not just at the time of the fitting but for the life of the hearing aids.