Tasmanian Hearing Centre Clinic
There are many issues connected to reduced hearing and our ability to derive meaning from the sound we hear.
The Tasmanian Hearing Centre provides a full range of hearing care services for all ages, from babies through to the elderly. Our patient-centered approach allows us to focus on satisfying your hearing care needs, whatever they may be. Our practice will work with you to diagnose and find solutions for your hearing and tinnitus concerns using state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced technology.
Hearing Evaluations and Consultations
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining the type, degree, configuration and symmetry of a hearing loss. The evaluation includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable causes of hearing loss. Speech testing will also be completed to determine your ability to process speech sounds. We have appropriate equipment to test young toddlers and children as well. The audiologist will then explain your test results and discuss the best treatment or management solution for you, with the ultimate goal of enhancing hearing and communication.
We absolutely very effort to educate and inform you about
Your hearing, your life, your decision…
Types of hearing problems/hearing related problems
Test facilities, calibration
Independent Clinic The centre is a totally independent clinic. We are not owned or aligned with any hearing aid manufacturer. We constantly review and source a range of hearing aid technology that we believe currently provides our clients with the value, technology and outcome. Our advice is independent and on principle we do not take incentives and / or commissions to recommend technology from hearing aid manufacturers.
Staff The centre is staffed by Audiologists, Audiometrists, Industrial Screeners and our wonderful reception and support staff.
Funding of Audiological Services The Tasmanian Centre for Hearing is a recognised private Audiology practice. Eligible clients are able to obtain funding assistance for our services in the following circumstances:
- Eligible for the Office of Hearing Services program. Must be a pensioner, part pensioner or recognised veteran
- Medicare – Enhanced Primary Care program. See your G.P. for whether you are eligible for this program
- Medicare – referral from an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist and / or Neurologist
- Private health funds – contact your fund directly for eligibility for refund with regards to hearing services and aids
- Tax return medical rebate- speak to your accountant/ tax professional on how this rebate may be applicable
- Video Otoscopy
- Real Ear Verification and Speech Mapping measurements
- Complete diagnostic hearing evaluations for all ages
- Videonystagmography (VNG) – assessment of balance and dizziness
- Evaluation and management of tinnitus
- Immittance testing (Tympanometry and acoustic reflexes) for middle ear function
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) evaluationhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180312212357/http:/eastsidehearing.com/movie-balance.html
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) evaluation
Our Hearing Tests
Hearing testing is painless, comfortable, and safe. It consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying tones of differing sound frequencies reproduced with headphones. Your ability to hear each tone, or frequency, reveals the unique hearing pattern of your hearing abilities, which we then record on an audiogram.
TINNITUS Do you experience a constant sound in your head, like a motor running, rain on the roof, crickets, buzzing, humming, piercing whistles?? Tinnitus can be with you the whole time you are awake and even disturb your sleep. It can be extremely distressing. Imagine the last time you tried to get to sleep with a dripping tap. You just had to turn it off before you could sleep… What if you could not turn it off???! Tinnitus is caused by too many neurotransmitters being produced that overstimulates the brain. And YES TINNITUS CAN BE TREATED…… READ MORE You can obtain:
- Full assessment and counseling
- Management with sound enrichment, tinnitus retraining therapy
- Management with innovative natural controlled sound and desensitization
HYPERACUSIS Do you have difficulty tolerating the everyday sounds of life. Do you even find many sounds are unpleasant, annoying and even painful. Hyperacusis is a more extreme form of decreased form of decreased sound tolerance. Most people find the everyday sounds of life quite normal and even a pleasure. In the majority of cases people do not associate their distress, anxiety, agression and often, constant headaches to the sounds around them. People coming to our clinic are often very surprised when they find that the source of their distress is their decreased sound tolerance. YES HYPERACUSIS CAN BE TREATED …READ MORE
- Full assessment and counseling
- Management with innovative natural controlled sound and desensitization
Tasmanian Balance and Dizziness Centre If you are feeling dizzy or unbalanced an objective assessment of your balance system may help
Industrial Hearing Conservation Helping Tasmanian businesses manage noise levels in their workplace and meet OH&S obligations for industrial deafness and noise
- Local repair and service of hearing aids
- Manufacture of ear moulds and earplugs for noise and water exclusion.
HEARING AIDS Learning to use, manage and take care of hearing aids requires time, effort and support from family, friends and the team at the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing.
There are lots of different types and levels of hearing aid technology. How can someone know what technology will best suit their hearing needs? At the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing we believe direct experience of how hearing aids sound and perform enable clients to make their own informed decisions. CALL NOW TO BOOK FOR YOUR FREE HEARING AID TRIAL EXPERIENCE
BOA – Behavioral Observation Audiometry:
Birth to 8 Months of Age
BOA assesses the infant’s responsiveness to sound, but does not obtain actual hearing thresholds. The audiologist observes the infant’s bodily reactions to sound, such as body movement, eye widening, eye blink, changes in sucking and breathing, and startle. This may be accomplished through loudspeakers, called the “sound field,” or through headphones. When used in conjunction with Otoacoustic Emissions, significant hearing loss can be ruled in or out.
Note: Sound field Audiometry does not provide ear specific information, but measures hearing from the better ear, if the ears are different. Headphone testing assesses hearing from each ear separately.
VRA – Visual Reinforcement Audiometry:
8 Months to 2 ½ Years of Age
Although exact thresholds for hearing cannot be obtained, a close estimate may be obtained in many cases with good reliability. The baby is seated on the parent’s lap between right and left loudspeakers, or using earphones. When a sound such as a tone, speech or music is presented at a level deemed loud enough for the baby to hear, he will turn his head or shift his eyes to the right or left in a localized response to the sound. This response is reinforced by the activation of a lighted mechanical toy mounted on the loudspeaker.
2 ½ Years to 5 Years of Age
Exact hearing thresholds may be obtained. This method replaces the more adult “raise the hand” or “press the button” technique, and is used because a child under the age of 5 often cannot cooperate for the standard method. The child is conditioned to play audiometry by asking her to place a puzzle piece in a puzzle, put a ring on a stick, or drop a block in a box. The child is taught to hold the toy up to her right or left ear in a “listening” attitude. When the sound is presented through the earphone, she is encouraged to immediately respond. Two testers are usually present, one sitting with the child in the booth (this can be the parent) and the other behind the audiometer.
- Speech reception threshold (SRT): The softest level at which speech is heard. The child is asked to point to his body parts or asked to repeat words as the volume is decreased.
- Word recognition (speech discrimination, SDS): How clearly the child can understand phonetically balanced words (PBK) designed specifically for the pediatric population. He is asked to repeat words if he is able to cooperate. If unable to repeat words, a picture-vocabulary book is used, and word intelligibility by picture index is obtained by asking the child to point to one of 4 or 6 pictures on a page.
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE):
This test is conducted in all newborn hearing screenings in U.S. hospitals at time of birth. An OAE is a sound which is generated from the outer hair cells of the inner ear. This sound can be evoked and recorded in the office. A tiny probe is placed inside the baby’s or child’s ear canal. It measures the response, or echo, produced when tones of varying pitch are played into the ears. The presence of OAEs indicates good outer hair cell function, which is in agreement with normal or near normal hearing. The absence of OAEs reveals outer hair cell dysfunction, indicating a probable hearing loss.
Impedance Testing for pediatrics includes two tests:
- Tympanometry (acoustic immittance): An objective test of middle ear function used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane). A probe is placed in the ear canal, generating a tone, and variations of air pressure in the ear canal are produced. This test further distinguishes between conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
- Acoustic reflex testing (stapedius muscle): This is accomplished during the tympanometric test. The acoustic reflex is a muscle contraction occurring in the middle ear in response to loud sound; the presence or absence of this reflex yields more information about the severity, location and cause of the hearing loss.
Protect your hearing at work – The Tasmanian Hearing Centre’s – Sound Advice Tasmanian Pty Ltd specialises in noise and hearing related aspects of OH&S. As a consultancy service for business owners and employers, we carry out workplace noise surveys, hearing tests for employees and reviews for noise exposed workers. Our trained professionals provide advice on appropriate hearing protection for your workplace and can arrange the manufacture of custom-made ear plugs fitted for your employees and can customize hearing protection solutions at very competitive prices.
Sound Advice has a mobile hearing assessment van for on-site testing. Individual appointments for employees may also be arranged at the Tasmanian Hearing Centre
Musician ear plugs are a customized special type of ear plug used by musicians to protect their hearing. Ear plugs used to keep out loud noise usually provide better protection against high pitch sounds than low pitch sounds.
Listening to music with conventional ear plugs can distort the sound quality and make it difficult for musicians to hear and play in tune.
Musician earplugs provide the solution to this problem. This special type of plug provides protection in an even way across all pitches and allows the musician to hear the music in tune, just at a softer volume.
There are three different levels of protection: – 10 dB, 15 dB and 25 dB
Being a musician does not mean you have to lose your hearing.
Call now at (03) 6223 5444 for an appointment if you are a musician who requires protection against developing hearing loss and tinnitus.
The Tasmanian Centre for Hearing and its industrial screening business, Sound Advice Tasmania Pty Ltd have been providing services to Tasmanian businesses for over 25 years. All noise exposed workers should have their hearing monitored to assess whether they are adequately protected against noise in their workplace. Hearing screens can be conducted in the clinic or on-site in our mobile test facilities.
Hearing screening consists of a quick 15 minute test that determines if further testing is required.
Further comprehensive testing may be required to meet the Australian standards for workplace assessments with certain types of hearing problems.
Workers prior to testing should not be exposed to loud noise as this can cause invalid results. The appropriate period of quiet can be achieved by wearing hearing protection that is in good condition prior to testing. Earmuffs are preferable to earplugs.
Workers are asked to bring their hearing protection with them to the hearing screen. Staff can inspect and provide advice on maintenance and care of hearing protection and whether protection levels need to be varied as a result of the hearing screen.
Discounts apply for work places with 4 or more employees.
Call now at (03) 6223 5444 and find out how we can help your workplace met your occupational health and safety requirements for noise exposed workers.
At the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing we are able to undertake the appropriate tests required for fulfilling regulatory or licensing requirements.
Our test environments and test equipment is calibrated annually to meet the Australian Standards required for valid test result
If you require a specific type of hearing test call now to make an appointment.
The clinic has the latest equipment and test battery to assess balance problems.
Also available is a range of electro-physiology tests that provide information on hearing issues beyond the ear and up to the brain.
Your balance system is vital for normal every day activities. Balance problems can cause profound disruptions in your daily life and increase the risk of falls. A compromised balance system can shorten your attention span, disrupt normal sleep patterns, and/or cause excessive stress and fatigue.
Your Balance System
Comes from 3 systems working together :
- Visual system
- Sensors in your joints and muscles
- Vestibular system located in your inner ear
When balance is normal all three systems are perfectly matched. If one or more of these systems are compromised, conflicting information sent to the brain may make you feel dizzy and / or unbalanced.
There are many different types of balance problems with a large range of possible causes. It often requires a variety of health professional to work together to determine the source of the problem and subsequent treatment options.
At the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing, Audiologists can conduct a variety of tests to determine whether the vestibular system located in your inner ear is the cause of your balance problem.
Having tinnitus can be extremely distressing, especially when family and friends do not understand.
Being told by health professionals to ” just ignore the tinnitus” is not the solution for a lot of tinnitus sufferers.
The Tasmanian Centre for Hearing has specialist staff with the latest management and rehabilitation techniques that can reduce the level of distress associated with your tinnitus.
If you need help with your tinnitus, call the clinic now to book a tinnitus assessment and find out how we can assist you.
When you book an appointment, our audiologist will spend a little time with you, talking to you about any issues you’re having and the outcomes you’re looking for. Following this discussion, the audiologist will conduct testing to identify any underlying issues and find the best outcome for you.
Testing can help to identify which part of the hearing system is not working properly
Some of the more common types of testing can help to identify:
- middle ear problems
- inner ear issues
- balance problems
- tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- auditory processing problems ( when you can hear but not always understand and / or remember what is said)
- issues with clarity
- problems with loud sounds being unpleasant or irritating
Tasmanian Centre for Hearing are also qualified to carry out industrial workplace hearing screens and tests
Don’t wait to visit the clinic – often early detection can resolve problems before they cause damage.
Call (03) 6223 5444 and book an assessment with our qualified audiologist.