Services

Hearing Tests

What is it?

At TOLBECS, we test hearing using an Audiometer. This is a screening test – the same test that is done in all schools, workplaces and clinics around NZ.

What does it involve?

Placing tight-fitting ear muffs over your ears to block out most of the surrounding noise. We will ask you to press a button every time you hear a beep. Each ear is tested separately. The results are plotted on a graph – this is called an Audiogram. The test takes about 10 minutes.

What are the benefits?

You can compare your hearing to NORMAL levels. Our Ear Nurse Therapists explain fully what your results mean, and recommend any further action if required.

Compared to an eye test (where a pass means your sight is good and if you fail you go off to see an optician), if your hearing is not as expected, we may recommend that you consult with an Audiologist for further testing and investigation.

Who may want a hearing test?

  • anyone experiencing sudden hearing loss
  • anyone who is worried about their hearing
  • anyone who knows they are having trouble hearing
  • anyone who is told their hearing has decreased
  • anyone above 4 years of age
  • any child/adult who’s hearing is questioned
  • any person who requires an audiogram as part of a medical examination
  • any employee who works in a noisy environment needs to have their hearing tested yearly
  • anyone with a blocked ear, where the ear canal is NOT blocked with wax/debris
  • anyone approximately 40 years of age (for use as a baseline to compare future tests with)

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