Your independent hearing specialist in Kiama
Our hearing specialists are empathetic, caring and here to help you with your hearing. The earlier you do something about your hearing loss, the better. Hearing aids help to maintain the neural pathways in your brain responsible for hearing all the sounds around you.
MAud, MASA, CCP, BA
Your local Audiology Clinic
Hearing Sound Solutions provides a full range of audiology services, including:
Hearing Sound Solutions audiologists are fully accredited with:
We treat hearing loss
Our clinical staff have more than 17 years’ experience and have cared for thousands of people’s hearing.
We provide ethical advice, the latest technology and the highest quality service. We pride ourselves on our high level of care, and on providing the solutions most suitable for patients’ individual needs.
Unlike many other clinics, we are totally independent and have no affiliation with any hearing aid manufacturers. For this reason, we are free to prescribe from a wide range of manufacturers, and our patients can be fitted with the most advanced technology from around the world.
Improving your hearing can allow you to more easily hear and understand conversations with family and friends. You can improve how well you hear the television, enjoy music and speaking on the phone.
There are many options available to treat hearing loss that allow you to participate more fully in conversations. With less repetition or misinterpretation, you can significantly improve your quality of life.
In addition to this, adequate auditory stimulation retains function in the cochlear and stimulates the auditory nerves within the auditory cortex, which help you localize and process speech.
Finding the right hearing clinic
There are many audiologists to choose from, so how do you find the best one? It’s always a good idea to look in your local area first, or at least somewhere you can travel to with ease because you will need to go back for follow-up appointments. Ideally, you want to choose an experienced audiologist with a good reputation.
Our Audiologists are accredited with:
Audiologists are university graduates who specialise in the diagnosis, management and treatment of hearing loss. They provide diagnostic hearing assessment to diagnose the degree and type of hearing loss. Part of hearing loss treatment and management may be to prescribe, fit, service and adjust hearing aids.
Audiologists often liaise with ENT specialists when surgical options are required.
We will document your medical history, hearing history and any hearing difficulties you are experiencing. In normal circumstances, your diagnostic hearing assessment will take approximately 1 hour and include the following:
A visual examination of the ear canal and eardrum.
Pure tone audiometry
Assessing your hearing in each ear in a sound-proof booth.
Measuring movement of the ear drum and middle ear pressure.
Once complete, we will discuss the results with you, taking time to carefully explain all options. If your results warrant prescribing a hearing aid, we will discuss the various types of hearing aids available. Information on all suitable models will be provided.
The cost of a diagnostic hearing assessment with us is $147.95.
The cost of a client review/hearing aid service and re-programming is $129.25*.
If you are on any pension, concession or DVA card, this cost is fully covered through the Office Of Hearing Services.
If you are a private patient, you can discuss with your GP if you are eligible to be referred under chronic disease management or team care arrangements, through which you can claim part of the cost back from Medicare.
If you are being assessed for industrial hearing loss, the cost is covered through the insurer.
* cost covers consultation only; spare parts are quoted in the appointment when needed, if part is not covered under warranty.
Hearing aids typically range from:
$1500–$3500 per pair for basic-essential level technology;
$5,000–$7500 per pair for mid-advanced level technology; and up to
$10,000 per pair for premium technology.
The prices vary depending on the specific manufacturer, model, level of technology, year of production, channels, style, features, battery operated versus rechargeable, Bluetooth features, wind reduction, noise reduction and also what is included with the hearing aid (remote controls, TV adaptors, mobile phone adaptors etc.).
Features that cancel noise, modulate volume, enable direct connectivity to smartphones and TV, or track and measure physical and mental activity, greatly improve performance and enhance everyday life, but also increase costs.
If you work and/or lead an active social life, you may want and require hearing aids with discreet, advanced and premium automated features.
If you spend more of your time at home pursuing quiet activities, a less expensive basic to essential level of technology and functionality might be right for you. We consider your degree of hearing loss in line with your cosmetic preferences and the features of the models you would like to have in order to select the most suitable hearing aid for you.
There are many different types of hearing devices available. Whether you need a hearing aid for the first time ever, or would like to consider different options, our Hearing Sound Solutions hearing specialists are happy to talk you through the various types of hearing aids and guide you on finding the most suitable solution for you.
Hearing aids can be very effective and even life-changing for people with mild to severe hearing loss and can also sometimes play a role in treating tinnitus. In recent years, hearing system designs have advanced significantly, and a number of very discreet hearing aids and in-ear hearing aids are available.
If you’d like to find out more about our hearing aids and discuss your options, get in touch to book a consultation with our specialist team today.
Styles of hearing aids
Receiver in the ear canal (RIC) hearing aids are placed behind the ear and transmit acoustic energy through a small wire connected to a tiny speaker that is positioned in the ear canal.
Custom aids fit entirely in the ear (no part behind the ear)
These can be completely in the canal (CIC), in the canal (ITC) or in the ear (ITE).
The smallest models operate on batteries, whereas the larger sizes can be purchased as battery-operated or rechargeable.
Behind the ear (BTE)
Behind-the-ear hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and rest behind the ear. All of the electronics are behind the ear. The hearing aid picks up sound, amplifies it and carries the amplified sound through a slim tube or an ear mould that fits inside your ear canal.
Hearing aids are a significant investment. Hearing aids typically have a 3-year manufacturer warranty and generally last 3–5 years, depending on how well they are maintained.
All hearing aids have 30-day refund or exchange from the date of fitting so if you select a device, try it out at home and find it is not suitable for any reason you have the option to exchange or return the hearing aids.
Typically hearing deteriorates gradually over a number of years. Therefore, we become accustomed to what we hear naturally. Often our brains don’t recognise we aren’t hearing ‘normally’. This makes it difficult for those affected to recognise that they are actually suffering from a hearing impairment. Relatives, friends or colleagues are often the first to realise that something is wrong.
When you have a hearing aid, it takes time to adjust to hearing all sounds more loudly. You may find your own voice feels much louder or has a different tone from what you are used to. You may feel the world is a noisy place as your brain is reintroduced to sounds you may have forgotten, such as blinkers ticking in your car, clocks ticking, paper rustling when reading, your feet moving along the floor, and the sounds of nature, such as birds.
It takes time to get used to your hearing aids (typically at least 3–4 weeks). Be patient and stay committed. Wearing hearing aids and hearing more sounds may be confronting in the beginning, but after a few weeks you will become more comfortable with your own voice and all the sounds around you as your ear and brain adjust to hearing again.
Your hearing aids can be programmed with a program button volume control, so you can manually alter the sound if you wish to.
Our goal is to give you the most natural and comfortable listening experience by programming to your prescription and fine-tuning to your desired comfort levels.