Referral Information for Medical Professionals and Audiologists
Medical professionals, audiologists and allied health professionals are welcome to send written referrals to All Ears Audiology at
63 Dulwich Ave, Dulwich SA 5065 or via fax (08) 8120 2111. Referral forms can be posted or are available electronically on request.
Clients may also self-refer.
If your client uses a hearing aid(s) it is recommended that they see their hearing aid provider prior to their appointment at All Ears Audiology. This is to ensure that their hearing aid(s) are working optimally for our assessment. Any medical reports regarding hearing would also be beneficial.
Previous audiograms and speech testing results would be greatly appreciated from hearing health professionals.
A detailed report will be provided to all professionals involved in your client’s care following our initial assessment.
Criteria for implantable hearing technology is constantly evolving. The following is provided as a general guide as to whether an implantable hearing solution may best meet your client’s listening goals. For some clients more than one solution may be available. In these cases working with your client to establish their listening goals is of vital importance.
The initial appointment is to
- determine whether your client’s audiological presentation is likely to meet the criteria for implantable hearing technology and
- for your client to gather information on implantable hearing solutions.
Should both parties wish to proceed with further assessments, expert medical opinion and management will be required from an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist working with our team. GP referral to an ENT Specialist will be required at this time.
Cochlear Implant Referral Guidelines
Signs Conventional Hearing Aids are no longer effective for your client
Your client may be a good candidate for a cochlear implant if with hearing aid(s) they continue to;
- Require information to be repeated in quiet
- Have ongoing difficulties communicating and keeping up at work
- Feel exhausted due to the extra effort they require to listen and attend
- Avoid social activities (are becoming increasingly more withdrawn)
- Rely on visual information (i.e. lip reading)
Age is not a precluding factor, however your client needs sound cognitive abilities to be able to learn to use the sound delivered by a cochlear implant.
Your client must also be medically suitable to undergo a general anaesthetic.
Baha Referral Guidelines
Bone anchored hearing solutions are generally recommended for:
- Conductive Hearing Loss (i.e. middle ear pathology that cannot be surgically repaired and where a conventional hearing aid is not an option). Baha is considered as the hearing solution of choice when there is on average a conductive component of 30dB.
- Single-sided deafness (i.e. a profound sensorineural hearing loss in one ear where conventional hearing aids provide little or no benefit). This hearing solution will enable sound to be detected from both sides however it does not restore binaural hearing (i.e. listening with both ears).