The benefits of an independent audiological assessment
IAA members deliver family focussed and evidence based audiological services.
Audiological services may be funded by:
(Eligibility criteria apply)
Retail outlets that primarily sell hearing devices and are owned by companies with close links to the hearing device industry often advertise "free" hearing assessments. Free assessments need not be carried out by qualified professionals as no regulatory restrictions apply. Assessments for the purpose of selling hearing devices may not be equivalent to a clinical assessment of auditory function.
Independent Audiologists conduct comprehensive audiological assessments before making any recommendations of further referrals to other specialists or prescribing treatments such as hearing devices, communication training or counselling.
Initial assessments include:
Advanced audiological measures might be indicated after the results of the initial assessment, which might include:
Audiologists interpret assessment findings and report on the audiological diagnosis, which will indicate:
Degree of hearing loss (mild, moderate, severe or profound)
Type of hearing loss (conductive, sensorineural, mixed, processing)
Configuration of hearing loss (the range of sounds affected)
Site of lesion (peripheral, central, outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, neural, central)
The audiological assessment will yield results that indicate: