Medical Professionals

 

Referral process for General Practitioners (G.P.)

Referring your patient to AUDiOHEALTH is easy, and we welcome new clients. To ensure a smooth and time efficient referral, we offer a referral pad that can be downloaded below, or supplied to your Medical Practice upon request.

Either the Medical Professional or the client can then phone us on our Freecall number 1800 301 231, to organise an appointment.

If the client has a full assessment with us, we can send a comprehensive Doctor’s report back outlining results and recommendations.

The client may be eligible for the Office of Hearing Services Voucher program.

This simple guide provides an indication of when to refer to us.

  Refer for a comprehensive hearing test if your patient reports any of the following;

  1. Difficulty hearing in any situation
  2. On-going otitis media
  3. Sense of aural fullness
  4. Tinnitus
  5. A medically diagnosed history of other ear pathology (Otosclerosis, Perilymph fistula, Meniere’s Disease, temporal bone fracture)
  6. You may also discuss a referral if you or another family member note that the patient is having difficulty.

Refer for a quick hearing screen (pass/refer) if;

Your patient has no particular difficulties with their hearing, but has queried whether they can get their hearing checked.

Refer for custom swim plugs if your patient enjoys swimming and has any of the following;

  1. A history of otitis externa
  2. Chronic otitis media with perforation
  3. Patent grommets

                           Referral Form NSW                Referral Form QLD

 

Referral process for Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons (E.N.T.)

AUDiOHEALTH can offer bulk billing through Medicare for clients referred directly from an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist for audiological diagnostic assessment.
This streamlined referral procedure will improve client care and outcomes.

Diagnostic Audiology items are as follows:

    • 82306 Non-determinate audiometry
    • 82309 Air conduction audiogram
    • 82312 Air and bone conduction audiogram OR air conduction and speech
    • discrimination audiogram
    • 82315 Air and bone conduction and speech discrimination audiogram
    • 82324 Impedance audiogram involving tympanometry and measurement of static compliance and acoustic reflex (not in association with items 82309, 82312, 82315 or 82318)
    • 82327 Impedance audiogram involving tympanometry and measurement of static compliance and acoustic reflex (in association with items 82309, 82312, 82315 or 82318)

 

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We are most commonly referred a comprehensive 1 hour assessment which includes items 82312 and 82327 together.

*AUDiOHEALTH can also offer swim plugs for clients of any age who need them, for example those with patent grommets or chronic tympanic membrane perforations.

 

 

 

Studies of note

Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults—A Growing National Epidemic

 

Listen Hear: The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia.

This report compiled by Access Economics brings an interesting perspective to the effect of hearing loss in Australia. It concludes that the real economic cost of hearing loss in 2005 was $11.75 billion. With 1 in 4 Australians projected to have hearing loss by 2050, this figure will likely continue to rise.

 

Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Instruments on Quality of Life’

This large study is just one of a compelling body of evidence on the improvements in well-being for individuals who have hearing aids, compared those with untreated hearing loss. The summary reads:

“A survey of 2069 hearing-impaired individuals and 1710 of their family members reveals that hearing instrument users are likely to report improvements in their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Users of hearing instruments on average are more socially active and avoid extended periods of depression, worry, paranoia and insecurity compared to non-users with hearing loss. Additionally, family members and friends are more likely to notice these benefits than the actual users themselves.”

 

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Recent research from John Hopkins University has concluded that hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults.