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South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre - Adelaide

HEARING

 

 

 

South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre (SASHC) is an independent service provider that is owned and run by two dual qualified speech pathologists and audiologists. SASHC audiologists offer expert diagnostic hearing assessments and support, utilising state of the art and evidence based equipment, technology and intervention.

 

We provide:

  • Full diagnostic hearing assessments (children from 6 months of age) to adulthood
  • Comprehensive reporting on the results of the hearing assessments
  • Appropriate referrals to support professionals regarding hearing assessment results
  • Full diagnostic Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) assessments
  • Hearing aid and aural rehabilitation for adults of all ages
  • External hearing screens for schools, kindergartens, childcare centres and others to ensure children’s hearing and ear health are optimal.

 

What are the causes of hearing loss?

1 in 6 Australians suffer from some degree of hearing loss, and of these, some may be sensorineural, conductive of mixed (a combination of both sensorineural and conductive).

 

Sensorineral hearing losses are permanent in nature. Some of causes of a sensorineural hearing loss may be:

  • Prematurity
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Complications at birth
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Infections such as meningitis or cytomegalovirus
  • Chronic noise exposure
  • Age related deterioration

A conductive hearing loss is caused by sound not being able to ‘conduct’ through the middle ear.

  • A variety of factors can lead to a conductive hearing loss including:
  • Middle ear fluid build-up (glue ear)
  • Wax blocking the outer ear
  • Ear infection
  • Stiffening of the middle ear bones
  • Exostoses (swimmer’s ears)

 

What are the common signs of a possible hearing loss?

  • Appears to ignore or is less responsive to sound
  • Irritability or behavioural problems
  • Delayed speech and language development in children
  • Clumsiness and/or balance problems
  • Tiredness
  • Concentration/learning difficulties at school
  • Poor attention and/or daydreaming
  • Loud talking and/or shouting
  • Finding loud sounds bothersome
  • Turns TV/stereo volume up
  • Watches people’s faces intently and asks for words to be repeated
  • Constant ringing (tinnitus) in the ear

 

Do I have a hearing loss?

1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss. If you answer yes to 2 or more of the following questions you may have a hearing loss and we will be able to help you.

 

 

Do you have difficulty hearing in restaurants or group settings?
Do you often have to ask people to repeat what they have said?
Do you prefer the TV/Radio louder than others?
Do you have difficulty understanding someone if they are not directly in front of you?
Do you feel that people mumble or do not speak clearly?
Do you have a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears?

 

How can SASHC help?

SASHC clinicians have significant experience in both testing and working with both adults and children. All assessments for children are targeted to your child’s developmental age and delivered at your child’s level of understanding. We pride ourselves in our ability to obtain hearing test results for complex children. We understand the impact of a possible hearing loss on your child as a whole and on you as a parent. We will explain hearing assessments to you in an easy to understand manner to ensure understanding. Recommendations will be made regarding a hearing assessment for yourself/your child while in the clinic and letters/reports will be sent out on the day of the assessment.

How can SASHC help?