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After undergoing a hearing assessment at earLAB, we take the time to guide you through and clarify your results. Here's what sets us apart: While in other clinics, the extent of hearing loss often influences the push for hearing aid sales, at earLAB, our approach is different. We are not affiliated with any specific hearing device manufacturers, and we do not pressure our clients into purchasing hearing aids. Instead, our commitment is to provide genuine advice.
Much like how routine health check-ups can help identify early warning signs of diseases or illnesses, having an annual or biannual hearing test, as recommended by our Clinical Audiologist, is a vital component of your overall ear and hearing health. We prioritise your well-being and aim to ensure you receive the most accurate and unbiased information regarding your hearing.
Regular hearing tests offer numerous benefits for your hearing health and overall well-being.
Firstly, testing your hearing can help identify any hearing loss and tinnitus early on, allowing for prompt treatment to prevent further deterioration. This can improve communication abilities, reduce social isolation and enhance quality of life.
Secondly, early detection of hearing loss can lead to better overall health outcomes. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline, depression, and an increased risk of falls. Treating hearing loss can reduce these risks and help you maintain your overall health.
Lastly, you might need a hearing assessment as part of your ongoing or pre-employment.
Do you have trouble listening to people on the phone?
Have you been turning up the volume of your TV/phone higher than you used to?
Do you have difficulty concentrating on someone’s voice in a noisy environment?
Do you often ask people to speak slower or to repeat what they said?
Do you find it hard to recognise consonant sounds such as 'p', 'f', 'n', or 't'?
Do conversations sound muffled as if you’re underwater?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then we recommend booking our diagnostic hearing test.
A typical hearing assessment appointment usually begins with a discussion of your medical history and any symptoms you may be experiencing. At earLAB we capture this via an online form that you receive as part of your appointment confirmation. Please fill this in before your appointment.
One of our audiologist will then perform a physical examination of your ears to check for any visible signs of ear problems. Next, you will be asked to wear headphones/inserts and listen to a series of tones at different volumes and frequencies. This test, called pure-tone audiometry, helps determine your hearing threshold levels and identify any hearing loss.
The audiologist may also conduct other tests such as speech audiometry, which measures your ability to hear and understand speech, and tympanometry, which assesses the functioning of the middle ear.
Once the testing is complete, the audiologist will review the results with you and provide recommendations for any necessary treatment or further evaluation.
Overall, a hearing assessment appointment is designed to evaluate your hearing health and provide you with personalized recommendations to improve your hearing abilities and quality of life.
This simply involves looking into the ear canal to check the condition of the ear canal and eardrum.
This test assesses your ability to hear the quietest sounds across the typical human speech frequency range of 250 Hz to 8000 Hz, helping identify your specific hearing loss.
Audiogram’s air and bone conduction levels provide valuable insights into the underlying cause of hearing loss.
This test assesses your speech recognition ability, aiding the Audiologist in evaluating your hearing and speech comprehension.
Tympanograms measure the movement and flexibility of the eardrum to identify if it is moving normally.
You can find us in two locations across Melbourne.
132 Burnley Street, Richmond 3121
Our Richmond office is easy to get to via most Melbourne trainlines, and is only a 15 minute walk from Burnley Station. Tramlines are nearby, and free onsite parking is available all around the clinic. If you live North or South of Melbourne, this will be your easiest option.
Suite 4B, Level 1, 30 Eleanor St, Footscray VIC 3011
Our Footscray office is an easier location for those who live in North or West Melbourne. West Footscray Station is around a 10-15 minute walk, with bus stops and tram lines surrounding our clinic. With plenty of ticketed parking nearby, you'll have no trouble finding a spot to park.
Booking is free and essential. Credit card and contactless payment only at this time.
While a referral is not necessary to be seen at earLAB for a hearing test. A referral from a GP or ENT specialist may help to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for a Medicare rebate for your hearing assessment.
While taking a free online hearing test might seem tempting, if you’re looking for an accurate description of your current hearing health then we wouldn’t recommend it.
If you aren’t in a controlled space, then background noise and distractions may negatively impact your results. Additionally, these free tests rely on your sound system, and if your computer or headphones don’t work perfectly then it may affect your results.
Free online hearing tests also lack context and in-depth analysis. As an example, most will not include:
- Physical problems such as earwax build up
- Measuring how sounds move through your ear canal
- Measuring how your eardrum moves
- Comfortable listening levels
- Speech/word recognition
- Tinnitus checkup
Lastly, free online hearing tests often try to push you into hearing aids, without knowing for certain that you require them.
If you'd rather an accurate analysis of your hearing health, book our diagnostic clinical hearing tests in Melbourne today and receive unparalleled hearing care from our highly trained audiologists.