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Barwon Health / Barwon Health North

(03) 4215 8000

Audiology

Diagnostic audiology services at Barwon Health have been reduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Referrals to audiology will remain on our waiting list until we are able to safely resume services. 

Patients meeting the following urgent criteria will be considered for face-to-face diagnostic audiology testing.  Please contact the audiology service on ph 4215 0827 if you believe you meet these criteria:

  • Newborn infants who receive a ‘Refer’ result on the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program test at birth.
  • Patients who have experienced a sudden drop in hearing.
  • Other medically urgent patients, on direct request by a paediatrician, ear, nose and throat specialist or oncology team.

Referrals to Audiology can be made by completing the Audiology Referral form and emailing it to audiology@barwonhealth.org.au

Telehealth sessions and other support

If you are concerned about your hearing health or the hearing health of a family member, we can assist with phone or telehealth support.  If you would like to speak with one of our Audiologists via phone or telehealth, please email audiology@barwonhealth.org.au.

Below are some free online resources to help screen hearing function, and provide support until diagnostic audiology is available again. 

Please note that online hearing tests are a guide only and are not a substitute for diagnostic Audiology assessments by a qualified audiologist in a sound proof booth.

For children under 5 years of age

If your child is between 6 months and 2 years of age:

For children 5 to 12 years of age

If your child is between 5 and 12 years of age they may be able to engage in the Sound Scouts online hearing test application (Apple and Android compatible):

Useful websites:

Middle ear fluid and middle ear infections

Creating a good listening environment at home

Adults and children 12 and older

If you are concerned about your hearing, below are some free online resources designed to help evaluate your hearing.

Online hearing tests - websites:

Online hearing tests - applications (Apple and Android compatible):

Useful websites

Communication strategies

How to access hearing aids 

Middle ear fluid and middle ear infections

Tinnitus

For carers of individuals with hearing/vision/oral difficulties


Barwon Health Diagnostic Audiology – usual services to resume following COVID-19

What is Audiology?

Audiology at Barwon Health North is a service focusing on hearing and ear health assessments for children aged 0 to 6 years. Our audiologists aim to make your child’s hearing assessment a fun and positive experience. A hearing assessment at Barwon Health North will take about 30-45 minutes depending on your child’s needs.

 Your child may be attending our clinic for one of many reasons including:

  • You are concerned that they are not hearing well
  • You have concerns about your child’s speech or other developmental areas
  • A GP, Paediatrician or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist recommended a hearing test
  • There are concerns with behavioural issues at home/school, which may be linked to hearing
  • Complications during pregnancy and birth can be risk factors for hearing loss

What will our Audiologists do?

Our audiologists will have a look in your child’s ear to make sure it is clear. They will also test ear health test using an earplug to see if the ear drums are moving well. The audiologist will then perform a hearing test using puppets, toys or games to make the test enjoyable for your child.

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What will happen next if a hearing problem is found?

If a hearing or ear health problem is found, your audiologist can:

  • Recommend strategies to assist with the hearing issue
  • Write a report to your doctor or a specialist
  • Arrange referrals for other developmental checks such speech pathology
  • Write a letter to the child’s teacher, with advice on how to assist with hearing loss
  • Arrange a recheck of their hearing in 3 months’ time

To prepare for a hearing assessment at Barwon North, let your child know that we will be playing fun listening games.  You may wish to practise wearing headphones for children 3 years and over.

Keep in mind that we will be testing in a sound treated room. If you have any other children with you, it may be best to leave them at home or bring another carer who can play with them in the waiting room.

Contact Barwon Health North

Location: 155 Princes Highway, Norlane (enter from Cox Rd via Waterworld entrance)

Postal address: PO Box 281, Geelong VIC 3220

Phone: 4215 0827  (Allied Health reception for bookings)

A written referral is appreciated but is not essential. We accept referrals from: GPs, medical specialists (paediatricians, ENT Specialists etc), maternal child health nurses, school nurses, school teachers, speech pathologists or directly from parents. A referral form can be downloaded using the following link: Download a referral form here.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for eligible Medicare card holders.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Contact

155 Princes Highway, Norlane (enter from Cox Rd via Waterworld entrance)

Phone: 4215 0827  (Allied Health reception for bookings)

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for eligible Medicare card holders.

Referrals

A written referral is appreciated but is not essential. We accept referrals from GPs, medical specialists (paediatricians, ENT Specialists etc), maternal child health nurses, school nurses, school teachers, speech pathologists or directly from parents.

Download a referral form here.