At Redbank Medical Centre, we are able to provide comprehensive hearing tests fully bulk billed for our patients (exceptions apply for commercial purposes). With the use of an audiometer and a sound proof audio booth, our GPs are able to accurately assess your hearing and recommend any further action required.
An audiometry test is a painless, noninvasive evaluation that measures a person's ability to hear different sounds, pitches, or frequencies. Patients who have a tumor in or around the ear may undergo audiometry testing to determine whether hearing loss has occurred or to monitor their hearing before and after surgery. It is also used to evaluate whether hearing aids or surgery may improve one's hearing.
Our ears have three distinct parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. Audiometry tests can detect whether you have sensorineural hearing loss (damage to the nerve or cochlea) or conductive hearing loss (damage to the eardrum or the tiny ossicle bones).
How audiometry tests work
The audiometry tests are conducted in a quiet soundproof booth. Earphones will be placed on your head. You will be asked to sit still and not talk.
The earphones are connected to a machine that will deliver the tones and different sounds of speech to your ears, one ear at a time.
You will be given a button (just like a joystick for a computer game) to press every time you hear a sound.
The nurse will provide you a report similar to the one shown here, and the general practitioner will interpret this for you and decide on follow up actions
What happens during the test?
Please give our friendly staff a call on 07 3624 9995 or book online (under a general appointment). The doctor will have an initial consultation with you to discuss your hearing and broader health concerns. If the doctor believes it is necessary for you to undergo a hearing test, he will book you for a seperate appointment with our nurse (ideally within a few days).