At NENT hearing tests are conducted by university qualified Audiologists that are members of the Audiological Society of Australia ASA. We pride ourselves on using the latest diagnostic equipment to test your hearing sensitivity and ear health. We explain the outcome of the tests and forward a comprehensive report to your Doctor. You can then make an informed decision as how to best manage your hearing health.
Full Hearing Test
Using state of the art diagnostic equipment, we examine the external ear, ear canal and ear drum to ensure it isn’t blocked with ear wax (cerumen).
Tympanometry is performed to show how efficiently the ear drum and middle ear system is conveying the sound vibration to the inner ear. Acoustic reflex and Eustachian tube function tests are also included where the additional information can add value to the assessment.
We then complete an Audiometric assessments for a a full range of frequencies from 250 Hz right through to 8,000Hz. A much greater range then most of our competitors which we understand provides valuable additional information about the health of the auditory system. We perform a bone conduction assessment to ascertain how effectively the inner ear hearing nerves are converting the mechanical vibration into a neural impulse.
Speech Testing is an important part of the test battery to show how well the individual can follow speech at different levels.
Functional Speech in Noise Tests
We routinely include functional speech in noise tests to show how well an individual can follow speech in the presence of competing background noise.
These tests effectively simulate real-world listening environments. Several sentence type speech in noise tests can be used to objectively measure how well the individual is able to follow speech in these typical competing noise environments. They are also very useful in measuring how much benefit the individual receives when using a hearing aid or other type of assistive listening device under the same conditions. The type of functional speech test selected is dependant on the individuals age and level of hearing difficulty.
Typically we use fixed signal to n oise ratio tests which measure the percentage correct at a specific signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In typical face-to-face communication the SNR becomes more adverse as the background noise increases. By approximating real world SNR conditions we measure how well the individual follows speech in these conditions.
Hearing Test for Children
At NENT we also place great importance in the progressive assessment of the hearing health of children. Healthy hearing is important in cognitive, social and emotional development
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