Mr Ian Piercy is a qualified, university-trained Audiologist with memberships of both Audiology Australia (AudA – Accredited Audiologist) and Independent Audiologists Australia (IAA) and practices audiology in accordance with their codes of conduct and clinical standards.
When you are referred for audiology, the following procedures will be performed as required.
At an assessment appointment, your hearing levels will be measured using audiometry:
Pure tone audiometry is used to ascertain which individual tones you can and cannot hear. It is used for children over three years old and adults.
Impedance audiometry or tympanometry is used to assess the function of your middle ears.
Speech audiometry is utilised to establish any significant differences in your ability to understand speech sounds between the ears and when compared to normal hearers.
For very young children (nine months to three years old), Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) is used to determine hearing loss. Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) can also be utilised to ascertain cochlear function if the child cannot be conditioned for audiometry, although they need to be asleep or very still for this test to be performed.
If the results indicate the need for medical advice or treatment, a report will be sent to your doctor with your permission. If your test results suggest that you may benefit from hearing aids or other devices, this will be discussed with you and a variety of options offered.
Ears ‘R’ Us also provides custom earmoulds and earplugs for swimming, music and noise, tinnitus assessments and advice on hearing conservation.
Why make an appointment with Ears ‘R’ Us?
- Has your GP suggested you get your hearing assessed?
- Are you struggling at social occasions to understand people?
- Is communication becoming an issue?
- Do you have difficulty hearing the TV or radio?
- Have you been exposed to loud or repetitive noise?
- Do you have an ear related illness?
- Loud noises do not startle your child by 3 or 4 months of age or if the child does not turn towards the source of a sound.
- The child notices you only when he or she sees you.
- The child does not experiment with sounds other than gargles and other vibrating noises that he or she can feel.
- By one year of age, speech is delayed or hard to understand. Single words such as “dadda” or “mama” are not spoken.
- The child does not always respond when called.
- The child hears some sounds but not others.
- The child hears poorly and has trouble holding his head steady. Unsupported sitting or walking is slow.
- Your child has a cleft lip or palate, kidney disease, short stature, or other birth defects.
Source – http://www.healthfirst.net.au