Auckland DHB Audiology Service
Auckland District Health Board Audiology Service
Auckland DHB Audiology holds clinics at Greenlane Clinical Centre and Starship Children's Hospital.
Audiology is the study of hearing, hearing disorders, and habilitation/rehabilitation for individuals who have hearing loss. It encompasses the study of how the hearing mechanism works; the assessment of hearing; hearing and listening disorders; and the rehabilitation of individuals who have hearing loss.
Audiologists are healthcare professionals who identify, assess, and manage disorders of the auditory system. Audiologists provide audiological rehabilitation to children and adults of all ages. Audiologists select, fit, and dispense amplification systems such as hearing aids and related devices. Audiologists prevent hearing loss through the provision and fitting of hearing protective devices, consultation on the effects of noise on hearing, and consumer education.
Auckland District Health Board is now offering
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
From April 2010 Auckland babies are being offered hearing screening tests within their first month of life.
Our aim is to test a baby’s hearing before they leave hospital. Outpatient clinics are provided in the Auckland District Health Board area to ensure babies not seen in hospital or born at home are offered the screening.
We have a team of nationally-trained screeners who are located at Auckland City Hospital. The screeners also run the outpatient clinics in the community. An important part of their role is to ensure babies identified with a potential moderate to severe hearing loss are followed up appropriately.
Families will be supported with early intervention services and education. This may include referrals to audiology services and to medical specialties.
What is Newborn Hearing Screening?
Newborn hearing screening checks how babies hear within the first period of their lives. If a baby has a hearing loss, finding it early is good for their language, learning and social development.
Approximately 170 children are born every year in New Zealand with permanent congenital hearing loss. Currently the average age for the detection of a permanent moderate to severe hearing loss is between 3 and 4 years of age. This means that when children are finally diagnosed with a hearing impairment they are behind their peers in many areas of development, particularly language acquisition, and they often never catch up.
Through screening, early detection and intervention is possible and these babies have a much greater chance of reaching their potential.
Newborn hearing screening is becoming the standard of care internationally, with programmes being established or already implemented in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and a growing number of other countries.
As a response to the success of newborn hearing screening programmes, the New Zealand Government agreed to fund a universal newborn hearing screening programme for all eligible New Zealand children. The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme will be available throughout the country, free of charge.
For more information on Universal Newborn Hearing Screening please visit www.nsu.govt.nz or call the Newborn Hearing Screening office at Auckland District Health Board on (09) 307 4949 ext: 25020.
For more information on Newborn Hearing Screening, see Your Baby's Hearing Screening
Referrals are accepted for children aged newborn right through to school leavers. High priority is given if there is a family history of hearing loss, if they have had serious illnesses (e.g. meningitis) or trauma where hearing could be affected or significant speech delay.
Adult referrals are also accepted. Referrals are given a high priority if the patient has a sudden hearing loss.
Procedures / Treatments
Auditory Processing Testing
Children with an auditory processing disorder (APD) can typically hear information at normal levels but have difficulty attending to, storing, locating, retrieving and clarifying that information to make it useful for academic and social purposes.… More
Hearing Loss and Treatment
Hearing loss can be divided into two types: conductive hearing loss (caused by some sort of mechanical problem in the external or middle ear) or sensorineural hearing loss (caused by disorders of the inner ear, hearing nerve or associated brain structures).… More
Auditory Brainstem Response Testing
An Auditory Brainstem Response test (ABR) evaluates how well the sounds travel along the hearing nerve pathways to a particular part of the brain called the brainstem.… More
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) is a behavioural audiometric test obtained in a sound-proof room.… More
Appropriate for testing children from 30 months through to five years of age.… More
Otoacoustic Emission Testing
Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) testing measures the status of the inner ear (cochlear), specifically hair cell function.… More
Pure Tone Audiometry
Pure-tone Audiometry is a behavioural test measure used to determine hearing sensitivity and is conducted in a soundproof room.The test is performed using headphones and the patient is asked to respond each time they hear a sound.… More
Word recognition/speech discrimination tests the ability to hear correctly an open set of monosyllabic words.… More
Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing
Tympanometry measures the function of the middle ear. A small soft probe is placed in the ear canal then the response of the ear drum to pressure changes is measured.… More
Adult Hearing Aid Assessments
ADHB provides adult hearing aid fitting services only to those who meet the criteria for the Enable Hearing Aid Funding Scheme or have a hearing loss greater than 65 dB in each ear.… More
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This page was last updated at 12:18PM on September 10, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Audiology Service.