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 12 October 2016, this was my first time accepting a hearing check.

Actually, I am a music fan. I always love using headphones to listen to the music when I am writing my assignments or waiting for a bus. Sometimes, I hear buzzing in my ears. I think it is because of overusing headphones. For this reason, I accepted a free hearing check at the city office of Australian Hearing.

Australian Hearing is the nation’s leading hearing specialist and largest provider of Government funded hearing services. They provide free hearing checks at over 490 locations nationwide and the check only takes less than 15 minutes.

Children and young adults up to the age of 26 who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for government-funded hearing services from Australian Hearing. The publicly funded programs are usually free of charge.

I booked an appointment on their official website. A day after their staff called me and confirmed the appointment with me. The video below will tell you how to book a hearing book.

That day, I arrived at their Sydney city office on time. Their staffs were very kind to help me do the hearing check and answered my questions patiently. In the process of hearing check, I was wearing a pair of headphones and listening to a series of sounds which were at different frequencies. When I listened to the sounds, I need to press a button which I held in my hand. After 10 minutes, I finished the hearing check and they printed the audiometry (results of hearing check) for me.

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How to understand your Audiogram?

Classification of Hearing Loss Hearing Threshold
Normal hearing 0 to 20 dB
Mild 21 to 40 dB
Moderate 41 to 55 dB
Moderately-severe 56 to 70 dB
Severe 71 to 90 dB
Profound 91+ dB

My audiometry showed that both of my ears’ hearing were good and in the normal hearing range which was 0 to 20 dB.

By talking with their staffs, I learned that there were very few young people who chose to take the hearing check. Because we think we are still young, we always ignore our hearing health.

If you also want to take a hearing check, please click the link below.

https://www.hearing.com.au/book-now/ 

You also take a hearing test online. All you need are your computer, a pair of headphones and a quiet environment.

https://knowyournoise.nal.gov.au/hearing-test

Reference list:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hearing/hearing_testing/understanding_audiogram.html

https://www.hearing.com.au/eligible-australian-hearing-services/

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