Your role in helping elderly patients
Encourage any patients over 60 to incorporate a hearing test into their annual check-up. Hearing loss becomes more prevalent with age and begins affecting high frequency sounds first. This means a person will often be able to detect some sound but unable to understand everyday noises or speech. They may comment on people mumbling or have difficulty following conversations in noisy places. In most cases family and friends will notice the hearing loss first.
If age-related hearing loss is detected, it’s important that they are referred to a specialist as soon as possible. The sooner hearing loss is tested for and detected, the less of an impact it will have on the patient’s quality of life.
How Australian Hearing works with GPs
Australian Hearing offers presentations on hearing health and the options available to people at aged care facilities and retirement villages. For a list of all residential aged care centres in Australia please visit My Aged Care.
We can also provide your staff with education, training and services on hearing related topics, including basic hearing aid repairs and maintenance.
What services do we offer for aged-care patients?
When it’s time to find the right solution for your patient, such as a hearing aid, it’s time for a referral to a hearing specialist. For patients eligible for government funded services we offer:
- Hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings
- Access to the latest hearing device technology
- Home visit service for those unable to travel due to medical conditions
- Repair and maintenance of hearing devices and supply of batteries, for a low annual fee
- Ongoing follow-up care and advice
- Rehabilitation programs to effectively manage hearing loss
- Free interpreter services if required
- Option to choose devices with greater levels of features
To find out more about how Australian Hearing can work with your practice, contact us.