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Start Hearing

Start Hearing: Overview Of The Process

If you suspect you may have hearing loss, it is important to seek proper testing and evaluation by a qualified Audiologist.

At Sounds of Life Audiology, our Masters qualified Audiologists will provide you with the

highest levels of clinical care utilising the

very latest hearing healthcare research and technology

across all stages of your hearing aid journey.

There are

three important steps

in the process of getting a hearing aid.

Hearing Test

The hearing assessment will take approximately 60 minutes and will determine the type and severity of your hearing loss as well as your expected real-life hearing performance with hearing aids.

Fitting & Verification

The hearing aid fitting appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Your hearing aids will be programmed to achieve optimal speech clarity and to ensure both physical and acoustic comfort.

Follow Up

After an acclimatisation period we will have a follow-up appointment to optimise your hearing aids and improve their performance in more complex listening settings.

The assessment will include:

Tympanometry

Tympanometry to measure sound movement and sound reflection through your tympanic membrane and middle ear system to check for problems (for example, conditions such as middle ear effusion, eustachian tube dysfunction).

Pure-tone audiometry

Pure-tone audiometry to measure your hearing thresholds (lowest perceived hearing levels) from 250Hz to 8000 Hz using head phones and a bone-conductor.

Speech audiometry

Speech audiometry to measure your ability to recognise familiar words at different volume levels so as to assess the benefits of hearing aids. Special testing will also be done to assess your sensitivity to background noise.

If you have a permanent hearing loss and wish to proceed with hearing aids, the audiologist will work with you to select the most appropriate hearing aids base on your level of hearing loss, your personal style preference, lifestyle requirements and of course, budget.

Hearing Aid Fitting

Your hearing aids will be programmed to

achieve optimal speech clarity and to ensure

both physical and acoustic comfort.

The hearing aid fitting and verification process will take approximately 60 minutes and include:

  • Checking their physical fit to ensure a comfortable wearing experience.

  • Initial programming to your prescription based on your hearing assessment.

  • Real-ear measurements and speech testing to verify/validate the fitting.

  • Additional fine-tuning to match your personal listening preferences.

  • Demonstration on how to use and manage your new hearing aids.

Our goal is to transform your hearing from being

hard work and tiring at times, to effortless and more passive hearing.

Follow Up

Once you get your hearing aids they will be a

reliable partner to accompany you through every day.

You will soon appreciate the advantages of

greater quality of life your hearing aids offer

However, like everything new, it will take you a little while to become familiar with them and to adjust to their sound. After the acclimatisation period, we will have a follow-up appointment to optimise your hearing aids and improve their performance in your everyday listening environments. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask any further questions and address any other issues e.g. management.

“Fantastic, prompt and professional service and very accommodating. Highly recommended to those needing audiology services in Brisbane.”

A C Gordon