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Audiology Services

Diagnostic audiology services at Barwon Health have been reduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Referrals to audiology will remain on our waiting list until we are able to safely resume services. 

Patients meeting the following urgent criteria will be considered for face-to-face diagnostic audiology testing.  Please contact the audiology service on ph 4215 0827 if you believe you meet these criteria:

  • Newborn infants who receive a ‘Refer’ result on the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program test at birth.
  • Patients who have experienced a sudden drop in hearing.
  • Other medically urgent patients, on direct request by a paediatrician, ear, nose and throat specialist or oncology team.

Referrals to Audiology can be made by completing the Audiology Referral form and emailing it to [email protected]

Telehealth sessions and other support

If you are concerned about your hearing health or the hearing health of a family member, we can assist with phone or telehealth support.  If you would like to speak with one of our Audiologists via phone or telehealth, please email [email protected].

Below are some free online resources to help screen hearing function, and provide support until diagnostic audiology is available again. 

Please note that online hearing tests are a guide only and are not a substitute for diagnostic Audiology assessments by a qualified audiologist in a sound proof booth.

For children under 5 years of age

If your child is between 6 months and 2 years of age:

For children 5 to 12 years of age

If your child is between 5 and 12 years of age they may be able to engage in the Sound Scouts online hearing test application (Apple and Android compatible):

Useful websites:

Middle ear fluid and middle ear infections

Creating a good listening environment at home

Adults and children 12 and older

If you are concerned about your hearing, below are some free online resources designed to help evaluate your hearing.

Online hearing tests - websites:

Online hearing tests - applications (Apple and Android compatible):

Useful websites

Communication strategies

How to access hearing aids 

Middle ear fluid and middle ear infections

Tinnitus

For carers of individuals with hearing/vision/oral difficulties


Barwon Health Diagnostic Audiology – usual services to resume following COVID-19

The Barwon Health Audiology Department offers a broad range of specialist outpatient and inpatient services to both children and adults. Our services include the diagnostic assessment of auditory disorders and management of patients with hearing loss and communication difficulties, and also the diagnostic assessment of vestibular (balance) function.

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The Barwon Health Audiology Department aims for early and accurate diagnosis of hearing loss and balance disorders in order to prevent adverse outcomes and ensure patient management is appropriate and optimal.

Services are provided to all age groups, from newborns to the elderly and can be modified to suit patients with special needs.

Standard Audiology Consultations

Behavioural hearing testing

  • Behavioural Observation Audiometry for infants (approximately 6-10 months of age)
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry for infants/toddlers (approximately 10 months – 2 ½ years of age)
  • Play Audiometry for children (approximately 2 ½ to 5 years)
  • Pure Tone Audiometry (5 years to the adult and elderly population)
  • Speech audiometry (where appropriate)
  • Middle ear function analysis.

Specialist Audiology Consultations

Newborns / infants hearing testing (from around two weeks corrected age)

Objective electrophysiological testing performed during infants natural sleep, includes Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) testing and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE). Older children may be assessed under mild sedation or general anaesthesia.

Audio-Vestibular Assessment (AVA)

The AVA service is unique to the Barwon South West region of Victoria and aims to support patients with balance and dizzy problems by assisting with differential diagnoses of these conditions using the latest technology. The AVA battery includes: standard audiological consultation, ABR, Cervical Evoked Myogenic Potentials (cVEMP), Calorics, video nystagromaphy (VNG) and video head impulse testing (vHIT).

Inpatient Service 

The largely unique inpatient service aims to reduce the impact hearing loss has on effective communication during a patients hospital stay. Services include ward based audiological consultations and hearing loss management (eg. loan assistive listening devices and other communication aids, emergency hearing aid troubleshooting, wax removal and nursing/medical staff liaison).

Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) Assessment

The CAPD battery includes; standard audiological consultation, ABR, OAE, Listening in Spatialized Noise – Sentence Test(LISN-S); Multiple Auditory Processing Assessment (MAPA) and Test of Auditory Perceptual Skills Revised (TAPS-R)

Complex Visual Reinforcement Audiometry Clinics

These clinics are arranged at the discretion of the department for patients with complex needs (eg. behavioural difficulties, developmental delays, second opinion). Clinics can include any of the aforementioned assessments with the availability two fully qualified audiologists.

Adults (site of lesion) testing

Includes: standard audiological consultation and ABR

Referrals

Written referral is essential for audio-vestibular assessment service access.  We are currently only accepting referrals from neurologists, ear, nose, throat specialists and the Barwon Health Falls and Balance Clinic.

For all other services, a written referral is appreciated but not essential. We accept referrals from a variety of sources including: general practitioners, medical specialists (paediatricians; ear, nose, throat specialists; neurologists), maternal and child health nurses, speech pathologists, our hearing services, schools, parents/self.

All services a free for eligible Medicare-card holders.

Download a referral form here.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Contact

Address: University Hospital Geelong, Allied Health, Heath Wing, Level 2

Phone: (03) 4215 0827

Fax: (03) 4215 0833