The Hearing Association offers a Hearing Screening test in a relaxed 30 minute appointment. This preliminary hearing screening test will indicate whether there exists hearing loss or not. We provide independent advice regarding options for Audiologists and information on how hearing aids could be of benefit if required. A copy of the Audiogram (hearing test result) is provided for both yourself and your doctor or health provider.

Hearing Tests - Screening vs Diagnostic Tests

A hearing screening test is a good idea if you are not sure whether or not you are concerned about your hearing. If a problem is identified, it will be recommended that you go on to have a full diagnostic hearing test.

While screening tests are simple they are not thorough which can mean some hearing problems may be missed. If you have concerns about your hearing you should go on to have a full diagnostic hearing test, even if you have had a normal hearing screening test.

Screening Tests

● May identify a hearing loss
● May be performed in an environment that is not certified or sound-treated i.e GP clinic rooms, office
● May not be performed by an Audiologist/Audiometrist

Full Diagnostic Hearing Tests

● Identify hearing loss and ascertain the nature of the hearing loss, whether it is permanent (sensorineural) or potentially treatable (conductive)
● Can be used effectively for treatment e.g. with hearing aid rehabilitation or for consideration of surgery or medication
● Are performed in a certified, soundtreated environment: a whole room or a sound-treated booth
● Testing may take up to an hour to perform
●There are five different tests in an initial diagnostic hearing assessment: air conduction, bone conduction, speech testing, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing. They assess the function of the hearing pathway and some of the processing of sounds
● They are performed by a qualified Audiologist/Audiometrist

For a full diagnostic hearing test always request to see a member of the New Zealand Audiological Society. These Audiologists and Audiometrists will have MNZAS or MNZAS (Audiometrist) after their name. The information on this page has been reproduced from the NZ Audiological Society website. Click the Audiological Society logo to visit their website or click here»