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Hearing Centres/Audiologists in Canberra

By semaj - 1 June 2011 9

After spending too much of my life trying to work out what people around me are saying, it’s time to look at hearing aids. I’ve been down this path before in Canberra, and wasn’t overly happy with the service I got at a particular hearing centre, or the results so I sent the hearing aids back.

That was three years ago, so I’m hoping that the technology and service might have picked up a bit.

So I’m here now, putting it out to the collective RiotACT brain, asking for recommendations for a good hearing centre or audiologist to go and see.

I’m also looking at some of the new DiY options, either from Australia or overseas and would be interested in people’s experiences with them

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zllauh 2:39 pm 31 Jul 15

Hi semaj,

Few months ago I had taken my nana to a hearing specialist in Barton – I think they charge $ 90 odd for the hearing test which took more than an hour. was what i found from good old google. Good mob.

My 2 cents.

elainesaunders 2:58 pm 08 Jul 11

I’m writing on the hearing aid thread, as I’m one of the scientists and owners of Australia Hears. We’ve worked for a long time to get to this point, and our hearing aids are certainly different. We are also trying to be different. We’ve done everything we can to keep costs down, except compromise on the hearing aid quality itself, and (quoting e-patient Dave – does anyone else follow Teds Talks) we think that the client, or the patient is the most underused resource in health care. Do give us a call if you just want to talk about the options, and definitely watch e patient Dave

laughtong 6:42 pm 04 Jun 11

I too went to Brindabella Hearing and Speech Centre last year. I am on my 2nd pair of hearing aids, but had a single aid for years before that. I am happy with the outcome this time, but was never really happy with the cheaper option 5 years ago.

As aleady stated effective quality hearing aids are not cheap for those unable to access government provided services. The technology has improved immensely and I added a package that converts my fixed phone, mobile phone and TV to my hearing aids via bluetooth. Very effective, neat and practical use of the technology.

Incidentaly there is a recent report on the cost of hearing loss in Australia.

GYW 1:02 am 03 Jun 11

Hi Semaj,

I was diagnosed with a high-frequency hearing impairment several years ago and, like you, was not impressed with the first audiologist I saw, particularly after I spent thousands of dollars on hearing aids that did not meet my needs. I then went to Brindabella Hearing and bought a better pair for $10,000. Unfortunately if you are over 21 and under retirement age and you do not have a concession card you will pay the full horrendous price of hearing aids, not to mention the neverending cost of batteries.

Like you, I am looking forward to the new DIY products that are becoming available (that is, DIY tuning – you just pay for the aids and the software and tune them yourself; still expensive but knocks several thousand off the price). A link I found interesting is here:

I also recommend Better Hearing Australia, an organisation I have recently discovered. Amongst other things, they hold classes in communicating and understanding speech better for people with all types of hearing problems in a really supportive environment. As you are no doubt aware, hearing aids are not perfect and they can never be as good as hearing naturally, but there are things you can do to enhance your communication skills. Their website is here:

I wish you the best of luck.

Padoof 1:08 pm 02 Jun 11

Check in with the Deafness Resource Centre

switch 11:42 am 02 Jun 11

Got a flyer in the mail this week from Brindabella Heaing (sic!) & Speech Centre, Deakin. Maybe you could ask them (or are they the mob you are trying to avoid?).

Moose 8:55 am 02 Jun 11

On a side note, Cosco (coming to Canberra shortly), will be opening a hearing centre. Very very strange…

YoungAndVocal 9:23 pm 01 Jun 11

semaj – Unfortunately, I don’t have any recommendations on hearing centres in Canberra, however, with some inside knowledge, I know the Aus Government run a hearing services program through the Dept of Health and Ageing for pensioners and DVA clients. Not sure if you fit into this category, but perhaps contacting the Office of Hearing Services would be a good first step? I know some people have got really great results from this program, but as with anything it can be a bit of a mixed bag.

All the best!

carnardly 3:55 pm 01 Jun 11

Not sure where you went before but I’ve heard friends refer to William Haas? He’s got an office in town.

DIY? Do you mean hearing aids or other assistive devices like shaking alarm clocks etc.

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