Around 1 in 6 Australians suffer from hearing impairment. However, it’s not only the older generations who are enduring it. Children and young adults as well have hearing problems of their own, a third of which are caused by loud noises.
Once you have lost your hearing, you won’t be able to get it back—that is, unless you use a hearing aid. It goes without saying that you should not abuse your ears while your hearing is still perfectly fine. But if it’s too late for that, it’s time you make the first step to better healing: getting a free hearing test.
Luckily for Australians, these tests are available in various locations in the country: Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane to name a few. In doing so, you can discover what could be causing your hearing loss and how you can improve your current predicament. You even gain access to personalised hearing solutions that fit your current financial situation, your hearing problems, and your lifestyle needs.
Never let an unqualified friend or family poke around your ears. Their actions could do more harm than good. Instead, schedule an appointment now to find out if you’re eligible for the government-funded Hearing Services Program.
Who is Eligible for a Free Test?
Pensioners and veterans may be entitled to a wide range of government-funded hearing tests. Australia has all sorts of government programs that can help older generations get their ears checked for problems like sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, and so on. They can also get fitted for hearing aids.
Anyone with any of these requirements is considered an eligible candidate for Australia’s Hearing Services Program:
• Centrelink Pensioner Concession card
• Department of Veterans’ Affairs White Health card
• DVA Gold Health Repatriation card
• DVA Pensioner Concession card
• Member of the Australian Defence Force
• Centrelink Sickness Allowance
• Disability Employment Services referral
Remember that a Seniors Health Card doesn’t make you eligible for the program. Australians who are 21 to 25 years of age can also opt to get free services using the Voucher Program. Of course, you must be eligible to be able to do so. Another option is the Community Service Obligations Program.
How Do Hearing Tests Work?
Tests funded by the Australian Government can help you figure out if your hearing has become a problem. A single session may take about an hour. Each one includes a comprehensive test and consultation services.
• Diagnostic assessment
Adult patients have to go through a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. With the help of a qualified clinician, you can discover what caused your hearing conditions and determine the extent of the loss.
• Personalized recommendations
Every patient eligible for a free assessment has the right to a personalised hearing solution. Once professionals have evaluated your current condition, they will determine which hearing solution is best for you.
• Hearing aid fittings
After our audiologists assess your current condition, you can try on different hearing aids. Since we don’t work for a manufacturer, you can browse through a wide selection of brands and products.
You can enjoy complimentary walk-in services whenever you need repairs or cleaning done. There’s also no need to worry about battery replacement. You can take your device with you, and a professional healthcare provider can do it without any cost.
In older children and adults, these check-ups may involve pure tone audiometry, a technique which involves the use of an audiometer. It produces a series of tones, varying in terms of pitch and loudness. The health professional involved controls the tone as well as the volume. You will be asked to press a button each time you hear a tone, no matter how faint.
After your test, your results will be plotted on an audiogram, which should illustrate patterns of hearing loss.
Which States Offer These Free Tests?
In all of Australia’s eight states and territories, you will find a handful of service providers that can offer you free ear check-ups.
Take the first step toward better hearing by scheduling a consultation with Australia’s best hearing specialists today. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of Australians rediscover their hearing. With locations in every state of Australia, there’s bound to be a clinic somewhere near you.
At Hearing Solvers, we value our relationship with our clients. We go the extra mile to help you regain control of your life. If you want to make the most out of it, register now for your free consultation.