Hearing Tests

We provide many different types of hearing tests in Melbourne, which helps to determine the quality or level of your hearing.

Hearing loss is the second most common health condition experienced by Australians. 

Why Have a Hearing Test?

Hearing loss is more prevalent than asthma, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes – and it can have wide-ranging effects on your general health and wellbeing.

Hearing loss can affect anyone regardless of age and as the loss is often gradual, you may not even notice you have an issue until you start to experience symptoms. So undertaking a baseline hearing test and annual follow-up hearing tests can help you identify and treat any hearing issues early.

Hearing test with Ear and Hearing

Purpose of a hearing test

The purpose of a hearing test is to determine not only if you have a hearing loss, but how mild or severe it is. A thorough hearing test can also help define the type of hearing loss you have (i.e., conductive, sensorineural or mixed) and whether it will respond best to medical treatment i.e., a Cochlear implant or hearing aids.

Ear & Hearing Australia offers a comprehensive range of hearing tests adults and children of school age. Our dedicated team of qualified audiologists has amassed years of experience, guaranteeing a professional, friendly and dependable service you can trust.

Step 1: Hearing Health History and

Hearing Needs Assessment

When you visit Ear & Hearing Australia, the first step will be for you to undertake a diagnostic audiological assessment with one of our trained audiologists.

This assessment aims to give your audiologist an understanding of your hearing health, establish what is concerning you about your hearing, and ascertain the extent to which your hearing loss symptoms are affecting your everyday life.

Your audiologist will ask you a series of questions about your family medical history, your personal medical history (including whether you suffer from allergies, regular ear infections, etc), your work environment (to determine if you are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss).

The audiologist will also ask if you’ve experienced any recent head and/or ear trauma, as injury to the cranial area can sometimes result in temporary or permanent hearing damage.

It’s essential for us to gain this detailed picture of your overall hearing health to understand not only your hearing loss but also your lifestyle and your specific hearing needs, in order to offer appropriate advice on how to manage your hearing loss and tailor a hearing solution specific to your individual needs.

Step 2: Physical Ear Examination

The next step is to examine your ears with an otoscope to see if there is any wax blockage or other physical obstruction in your ears causing your hearing issues. We may even do a video otoscopy to have a closer look at your ear canals and eardrums.

All our main hearing clinics in Melbourne are also equipped with surgical microscopes and Micro-suction equipment for wax removal and ear cleaning. Sometimes a professional ear wax removal is required before reliable hearing test results can be obtained.

Step 3: Hearing Tests

The final step is a series of painless and non-invasive diagnostic hearing tests, normally undertaken in a soundproof room, encompassing both sound and speech discrimination testing.

Pure Tone Audiometry Test

This is a hearing test that determines the degree, shape and type of hearing loss present in each ear. It uses a series of pure tones to identify the softest level you can hear across a range of frequencies in each ear.

Pure Tone Hearing Test
Hearing Test Speech Audiometry

Speech Audiometry Test

This is a hearing test used to indicate speech understanding at various volumes and with and without the presence of background noise. You will be asked to repeat a series of words in each ear under headphones. These words are often presented at a normal conversational level and then with amplification, to help the audiologist assess if a hearing aid would be of benefit to you.

Tympanometry Test

This test is to assess your middle ear function (i.e., how well your eardrum is moving and the reflexive responses of the middle ear muscles). This quick and painless test can identify if there is a perforation in the eardrum, middle ear fluid, patent grommet, Eustachian tube dysfunction, or other medical conditions.

Hearing Test Otoacoustic Emission

Otoacoustic Emission Testing*

This type of hearing test measures an acoustic response produced by the inner ear in response to a sound stimulus. The test is performed by placing a small probe into your ear. Sounds are generated in the probe and responses that come back from the inner ear are recorded. The test is used in a number of different ways to test your hearing.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Audiometry

This is an objective neurologic test of auditory brainstem function in response to auditory (click) stimuli. This test gives information about the inner ear and brain pathways for hearing. The test can be used with children or difficult to test patients. The test is also indicated for patients with signs or symptoms suggesting a type of hearing loss that involves brain pathways. The test is performed by attaching electrodes on the head and recording brain wave activity in response to acoustic signals. No responses are necessary; the patient being tested rests quietly or sleeps while the test is performed.

Hearing Test Auditory Brainstem Response ABR

Other Hearing Tests

Audiologists at Ear & Hearing Australia can also perform hearing tests in Melbourne for different purposes:

  • Free comprehensive hearing tests for eligible Pensioners & Veterans. Eligible clients can receive free or subsidised services including hearing aids if needed.
  • Free hearing tests for WorkCover clients with an established hearing loss claim. This can be followed by free hearing aid fitting if required.
  • Police hearing test: This is to determine your baseline hearing levels for entrance into the Victorian Police Force.
  • Automatic, remote control and volume control hearing aids
  • TAC hearing tests: If your hearing has been damaged in an accident, you may be eligible for TAC funded audiologist services, including hearing tests and hearing aids.
  • Aviation (CASA) hearing assessments – pilot hearing test.
  • Pre-employment hearing tests: Some employers may ask you to provide a recent hearing test if you are applying for a new job.
  • Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) hearing assessments.

Hearing Test Results

Once you have completed the series of hearing tests your audiologist will present you with a thorough explanation of your test results.

If we have identified a hearing loss, we will discuss your options, including whether you require any medical or surgical treatments, and make some hearing aid recommendations suitable to your individual circumstances.

hearing test results explained.
online hearing test taken by woman on smartphone

Online Hearing Tests

May help you to make a simple evaluation of your hearing health and determine if you need to have a formal hearing assessment with an audiologist. Online hearing tests are by no means a replacement for a thorough diagnostic hearing evaluation, but they can be a good starting point if you are unsure whether you need to make an appointment.

Hearing Test FAQs

Where are Ear and Hearing Australia clinics located?

Ear and Hearing Australia clinics are located in the following areas in Melbourne:

You can find our nearest audiology clinic by visiting our website or directly contacting us for more specific details about each location. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our website at earandhearing.com.au or give us a call at 1300 761 667.

How much does Medicare Australia reimburse for hearing tests?

Medicare Australia will offer rebates for hearing tests starting from March 1, 2023, upon referral from a medical practitioner. Patients can also claim a Medicare rebate for audiology-related services if their GP can provide a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) referral. However, it is important to note that not all audiology services, such as hearing tests or wax removal, are claimable against Medicare unless patients have been referred under certain conditions by their GP or their medical specialist e.g., GP, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist, Neurologist.
To find out if you are eligible, visit the hearing services website or schedule an appointment with us for further information.

Does Medicare Australia cover annual hearing tests?

Yes, Medicare Australia covers hearing tests through the Hearing Services Program. The program may also cover some or all of the costs of hearing aids. Starting from March 1, 2023, Medicare will offer rebates for hearing tests upon referral from a medical practitioner. If you are eligible for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, your hearing test will be fully subsidized. To find out if you are eligible, visit the hearing services website or schedule an appointment with us for further information.

map of Ear and Hearing Clinics

Hearing Test in Melbourne – 14 Locations

Ear & Hearing Australia employs only university qualified audiologists able to perform comprehensive hearing tests and audiological assessments for both school-age children and adults, including tailored hearing rehabilitation programs for hard of hearing adults.

Lookinf for hearing test near you? We provide hearing tests at all of our conveniently located clinics in Melbourne. If you’re looking for audiologists in Melbourne come visit our highly experienced and highly dedicated team.