Audiology and Hearing Test

Hearing loss could affect anyone as it usually comes with age. Even a healthy person could start experiencing it at the age of 45, and the percentage of people with diminished hearing from this age up to 65 is at 14%. This figure goes even higher to 30% for people over 65 years old, and up to 50% by 80. Still, hearing loss could be treated, and its onset delayed with the help of a specialist.

The first step toward a healthy sense of hearing is having regular audiology or hearing test. Forum Medical Centre offers a full range of medical services, including audiometry tests. We have highly skilled audiologists and the latest audiometry equipment to test the intensity and tone of the sound that you hear, any balancing issues, and other problems related to the inner ear function.

To book an appointment, please call us at 02 9572 7777

What Commonly Causes Hearing Loss?

Aside from being a natural part of ageing, there are many factors that can cause the early onset of hearing loss:

  • Prolonged exposure to loud sound at work
  • Shooting guns and other loud weapons
  • Listening to loud music for long periods
  • Poor hygiene leading to excessive accumulation of earwax
  • Ear infections
  • Using power tools, lawnmowers, and other similarly loud equipment
  • Exposure to drugs and certain medicines
  • Hereditary hearing problems
  • Ruptured eardrums

To protect your ears and delay or even prevent hearing loss, you should be mindful of these and many other contributing factors. It is important to have regular checkups and audiometry tests to monitor your hearing function. All of these services are available here at Forum Medical Centre.

What Commonly Causes Hearing Loss?

When is the Ideal Time to Get a Hearing Test?

Our audiologists here at Forum Medical Centre recommend annual audiometry tests for people who are always exposed to loud sounds. This includes people who work in factories with loud machines or those involved with loud music. This could be a part of the annual physical exam which most companies provide for their employees.

For those without exposure to loud sounds, a baseline test should be performed at the age of 21 or earlier. This test will give your doctor a better idea of how your hearing changes over time. This test can be done every ten years until you reach the age of 50, then every three years after that. However, you should see a specialist immediately and have your hearing tested once you experience any hearing loss, pain in the ears, or injuries to the ears.

When is the Ideal Time to Get a Hearing Test?

How Will an Audiometry Test Help You?

A hearing test is performed to determine how well a patient’s hearing functions. It could be part of a pre-employment requirement, an annual screening exam, or in response to sudden and significant hearing loss.

Depending on the results of the test, our audiologists here at Forum Medical Centre would suggest preventive measures like wearing earmuffs or earplugs, endorse your transfer to a work area with less noise, or recommend an appropriate hearing aid.

For any concerns about your hearing functions or that of a loved one, visit us at Forum Medical Centre or call us on 02 9572 7777

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