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Capital & Coast DHB Audiology Service

Public Service

Description

The Audiology Department offers the following services for children and adults in the Wellington region (Wellington City, Porirua City & Kapiti Coast):

  • Newborn Hearing Screening Diagnostic Follow-Up and Surveillance Follow-Up
  • ABR - Auditory Brainstem Response Electrophysiological Test of Hearing
  • OAEs - Otoacoustic Emissions Test of Cochlear Function
  • Acoustic Immittance Measures of Middle Ear Function
  • BOA -  Behavioural Observation Audiometry 
  • VRA - Visual Reinforcement Audiometry for Children 6 to 36 months or for Patients with the Cognitive Skills of that Age Group
  • Play Audiometry for Children 36 months to 5 Years or for Patients with the Cognitive Skills of that Age Group
  • Hearing Aid Assessment, Fitting, and Follow-Up for Children
  • Assessment and Management of Auditory Processing Disorder PLEASE NOTE We are not currently providing this service for new referrals, however, please watch this space for updates
  • Diagnostic Adult Hearing Assessment
  • Assessment for the Purpose of Ototoxic Monitoring
  • Hearing Aid Assessment and Fitting for Eligible Adults
  • Tinnitus Assessment and Counselling
  • Fitting of Ear moulds, Swim plugs, and Ear plugs 
  • Drop In Hearing Aid Repair Clinics for Children and Adults fitted with Hearing Aids by our Service
  • ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) Support Clinics.

Clinics are based at Wellington Hospital and Kenepuru Community Hospital.

 

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who study, identify, assess, and manage disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems. Audiologists provide audiological rehabilitation to children and adults of all ages. Audiologists select, fit, and dispense amplification systems such as hearing aids, remote microphone systems, and assistive listening 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.

 Our Staff

Wendy Poludore Professional Leader Audiology/Audiologist MNZAS
Wally Potts Audiology Clinician
Louise Thompson Audiologist
Caitlin Kengmana Audiologist MNZAS
Ji Hye Park Audiologist
Chris Radford Audiologist MNZAS
Ellen Derbyshire Health Assistant Audiology
Caroline Bees Health Assistant Audiology
Lisa Magson Receptionist/Administrator Wellington
Kathy Rhodes Receptionist/Administrator Kenepuru

Hours

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Referral Expectations

Referrals are accepted from GPs, medical specialists, hearing therapists, community healthcare workers including vision hearing technicians, public health nurses and ear nurse specialists, as well as the Ministry of Education advisers on deaf children, resource teachers of the deaf, and speech language therapists.

Please email your referrals to:

PrimaryCare.Referrals@ccdhb.org.nz

Charges

Hearing assessments for children and adults are provided at no charge (eligible NZ citizens & residents).

Hearing aids and rehabilitation services for children are provided at no charge (eligible NZ citizens & residents).

Hearing aid eligibility criteria for adults are determined by hearing severity and financial need. 

Adults who are eligible for hearing aid assessments and fittings through CCDHB are:

  • 16 years of age or older, and;
  • Have a community services card, and;
  • Have a documented moderately-severe or greater hearing loss in the better hearing ear of 56 dBHL or greater (three frequency pure tone average measured at 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz and 4kHz), or;
  • Meet the Ministry of Health Hearing Aid Funding Scheme dual disability eligibility criteria and;
  • Do not qualify for funding for hearing aids through War Pensions New Zealand or ACC.

Eligible adults are charged for their hearing aids at cost price (wholesale) plus 5%.

All NZ residents are eligible for a government hearing aid subsidy of $511.11 for one or $1022.22 for two hearing aids.

Other

For information about visiting hours, refreshments, public transport, parking, accommodation, pharmacy, security, charges etc at Wellington Hospital please click on the link Wellington Hospital.

Contact Details

Wellington Hospital - Nga Puna Waiora

Wellington

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This page was last updated at 11:48AM on April 16, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Audiology Service.