Two Easy at Home Hearing Tests
Having a hearing test at home is convenient, effective and safe. It forms part of Harmony Hearing’s Remote Care or Tele-Audiology Services. (Link to Remote Care Landing Page)
There are two main methods by which we can do a remote hearing test.
Method 1: We post you our Remote Hearing Test Kit. Upon receiving the kit, you can complete either the automated hearing test or we assist you remotely through the battery of tests. This is an accurate and clinically validated method of obtaining all your necessary test results.
- Remote Video Otoscopy: You are guided to place a probe in your ear with a fitted tip that has a light and small camera mounted to the tip. This takes a photo or brief video of your ear canals and ear drums (tympanic membranes). It is an important first step to make sure your ear canals are free from wax and debris that could affect your hearing test results.
We may advise you to have the debris removed first before moving on to test your hearing levels. An excellent feature of the video Otoscope is that it has a form of artificial intelligence AI and photo library that helps us analyse the photos of your ear canals. Your Audiologist can quickly & easily classify and ear disease if present. We can then make a recommendation whether treatment is required first or if we can continue on to conduct the Audiometric testing.
- Remote Audiometric Testing: You can either complete an Automated hearing test or one that we assist you remotely. We obtain your air conduction hearing thresholds across a full frequency range and then move on to directly test your inner ear using bone conduction testing (assisted). We can also perform a speech discrimination test.
- Results Discussion & recommendations
Our web based system enables us to receive your results in real time. We discuss the results and any follow recommendations. This can be done on the phone or by video chat on iPad used for the testing.
Shipping of the equipment:
We ship the equipment by registered express mail so it typically arrives within 3 days within Australia and within 7 days globally. Upon completion of the testing you return it to us via the enclosed mail satchel.
Cost: We charge $130 for this hearing test method and postage costs are included within Australia. We do take I.D. & credit card details and track postage to protect the movements of this valuable equipment. The following diagram illustrates the process.
Note: Requested Permission to use this illustration, but they said unfortunately No! So we need to redevelop an illustration similar to this. (previously mentioned this) Just use this one for now.
Method 2: In-situ Audiometry (Senso-gram)
Another effective way we can test your hearing is using the very hearing aids we intend to fit. The hearing aids themselves to produce the test tones in your ears. We remotely measure your responses to the test tones and record the very softest tones you can hear on a graph called a Sensogram. It is similar to an Audiogram. Most leading hearing aid brands offer a form of Remote Care or Tele-Audiology with their best hearing aid models that can utilise an App on your Smart phone or tablet. It is through this App that we conduct the In-situ hearing test. The embedded live video chat is required for this process so we can see your responses to the tones.
In-Situ Audiometry is an accurate way of testing your hearing for the purpose of hearing aid programming for the following reasons:
- There’s no ear coupling volume difference. When your hearing is tested at a hearing clinic, the tones are presented through either head-phones which have a large volume when coupled to your ears or insert earphones with a smaller volume when coupled to the ears. Either way there is coupling to the ear volume differences compared to the way the hearing aid is coupled to your ears. This coupling volume difference introduces inaccuracies or a degree of hearing threshold measurement error.
- No differences due to intentional or un-intentional sound leakage.
- Unique resistance (impedance) of the individual’s middle ear system to sound at different frequencies.
- Associated resonances with the use of ear mould tubes. These are some of the variables that can contribute to changes in the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) in the ear canal.
Example of a Widex Sensogram
A traditional diagnostic hearing test is important for diagnosing the nature of the hearing loss and identifying underlying ear health conditions. Whereas In-situ Audiometry or a Sensogram is better for hearing aid fittings as there are no electro-acoustic discrepancies. The very acoustic coupling of the hearing aid/s to the ear delivers the test tones and then the directly calculated amplification.
Email Us Your Hearing Test: You can book in for a hearing test at a local hearing clinic and most G.P. medical centres (usually air conduction audiometry). Request in advance a take home copy of your hearing test results or Audiogram. The fee may range from about $90 to $130 for a full hearing test. Then simply scan and email it to us.