Hearing appointments

We offer affordable hearing appointments in Auckland. We are open to the public with competitive fees and free hearing tests for children and infants.

When you attend a hearing test, you will be seated in comfortable, soundproof booth where we use state-of-the-art equipment to work out which sounds you can and can’t hear.

If a problem is detected, we then go over your options with you.

Most people with impaired hearing can benefit from wearing the right kind of hearing aid. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, from behind-ear aids to in-ear digital aids with remote controls and listening “channels” for different conditions. We can provide a quote and if your purchase the devices have a 2 month trial.

If a hearing aid is required then we will fit you with trial hearing aids so you can test them out. We are an independent clinic and can offer advice on all brands and types of hearing aids.

Hearing aids make all sounds louder. We can teach you techniques which let you concentrate on the sounds you want to hear and ignore the rest.

After your first appointment, you will be given a follow-up appointment so we can check how well the trial aids are working for you and fine tune them or change them as required.
 

Understanding hearing loss

The ears’ hearing system comprises of three parts: the outer ear; the middle ear; and the inner ear. Damage or impairment to any one of these parts can compromise a person’s hearing.

The outer ear (which includes the ear canal) collects sound and sends it to the middle ear. Problems with the outer ear can lead to what’s known as conductive hearing loss.

Problems with the middle ear (which includes the eardrum and the tiny middle ear bones) can also cause conductive hearing loss.

Inside the inner ear are a number of fluid-filled cavities. The inner ear also carries an organ devoted to the body’s sense of balance: the snail-shaped cochlea.

The cochlea is covered in sensory “hair” cells. These tiny cells and their nerve fibres can be damaged or destroyed by many things, including noise and the ageing process.

Symptoms of “hair” cell damage include:

  • Ringing, whistling, hissing or other sounds inside the ears or the head (known as tinnitus)
  • Low tolerance to loud sounds (known as recruitment)
  • Extreme intolerance to everyday sounds (known as hyperacusis)
  • Hearing sounds with lack of clarity (known as distortion)
  • Hearing sounds at the wrong pitch (known as diplacusis)

Audiologists map the individual’s hearing loss at different frequencies to build an overall picture of the person’s hearing.  

Costs

Our fees are very competitive. In many cases, we can help clients access funding from agencies such as ACC and WINZ. Medical insurance may also cover some or all costs. All fees include GST

Hearing tests:
Children from six months to five years 1 hour - $0
Children five years and older 1 hour - $70
Adults 1 hour - $70

 

Appointments

Free hearing tests for children
FREE hearing tests for children (aged between 6 months and 4 years 11 months) student led clinic

Free hearing tests for infants
FREE hearing tests for infants (aged between 7 and 24 months) student led clinic