08/10/2015

FAQ

Complete Hearing Care Brochure

Hearing Loss

How do I know I need a hearing test

Hearing loss is a gradual process. So, it may be difficult to know exactly when you need to have a hearing test. It is best to have your hearing checked regularly (at least once in two years). If you notice any of the signs below, then you should contact us to have a complete hearing evaluation.

Do you think others are mumbling?
Do you have to turn TV/ radio volume louder than others
Do you have trouble understanding others when other competing background noises are there?
Do you have to ask others to repeat?
Do you have trouble understanding others from a distance?
Do you have trouble hearing your car indicator?

If your answer is “YES” to any of the above, then call us today to book an appointment with Audiologist.

Are Hearing Tests are really FREE?

Yes & No. Often FREE hearing test means screening of your hearing status, in which case your hearing will be evaluated to know whether you have normal hearing or not. If hearing is not normal then, you need to have full hearing evaluation. There are various government funding available to have a complete hearing evaluation. For pensioners, Office of hearing Services issues voucher, which covers all these costs. For person with chronic health issues, your GP may include you in chronic disease management, in which case, medicare covers the cost of assessment. Call our clinic if you want to know more details about funding options.


 Audiologist

Who is an Audiologist?

To practice audiology in Australia, Audiologists are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree and a masters degree in audiology as well as completing the Audiological Society of Australia (ASA)’s 12 months clinical internship program to be awarded the certificate of clinical practice (CCP). Audiologists who meet these requirements are entitled to use the letters MAudSA (CCP). Mandatory continuing professional development is require to retain clinical certification.

 

What does an Audiologist do?

Audiologists are hearing specialists who manage hearing health. They specialise in assessment, prevention and management of hearing loss, deafness and related conditions, including tinnitus and balance disorders. Audiologists provide assessment to all ages, from infant to adults, and help through the application of technology, rehabilitation and therapy.

Hearing Aids

What financial options are available to buy hearing aids?

Office of Hearing Services Funding– Office of Hearing Services, provides hearing voucher (through online portal accessed by hearing service provider) to eligible pensioners and veterans. This voucher covers all costs related to hearing assessment. For buying hearing aids, voucher provides certain amount towards hearing aids, fitting charges, maintenance, repairs etc. Mostly entry level hearing aids are fully covered under the voucher, which means you don’t have to pay for hearing aids, they are FREE. You only pay OHS annual maintenance fee. Where as if you decide to buy top-up hearing aids (more advanced technologies) then after the subsidy, you may need to pay the gap. On your hearing consultation, speak with your audiologist about your options.

Private Health Funds – Many private health insurances cover a certain amount ($500 – $1800*) towards purchase of hearing aids. The amount varies from health fund to health fund as well as dependent on the level of cover you are on. *Check with your private health fund about your eligibility towards hearing aids.

Workers Compensation – If your hearing loss is mostly attributed to working in noisy industry of work related noise exposure, then you may be eligible to obtain hearing aids through NSW work cover. Eligibility criteria varies widely depending a number of criteria. You can contact us to know whether you may be eligible to claim for hearing aids. If approved by NSW workcover, hearing aids will be fitted to you at no cost (which will be paid by insurance company).

Tax Benefit – If you are buying hearing aids, you may be eligible to receive tax benefit up to 20%* of the cost of hearing aids. *Your accountant will be able to provide you with more information on your eligibility.

 

Do I have to wear hearing aid?

Based on your hearing assessment results, your audiologist will be able to advise you whether you need to wear hearing aid(s) or you will need any other hearing rehabilitation procedure e.g. listening training, listening device, communication strategies, follow-up etc. Not all people who get their hearing checked have to wear hearing aid(s).


 

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