The service is available for children aged from birth to 18 years.
Our clinic is a recommended provider of diagnostic audiology for those infants who receive a “refer” result through the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program (VIHSP).
In addition, the clinic has a focus on early diagnosis of hearing loss through assessment of infants who have identifiable risks for hearing loss.
Infants at risk for hearing loss and those referred via VIHSP are referred to audiologists for electrophysiological tests – commonly referred to as ABR/ASSR. These tests are objective and can give a good indication of hearing levels. Here is an instruction sheet for preparing infants for an ABR test.
Our community and family friendly environment along with easy parking make Taralye a preferred location for many families requiring testing of their newborn infant.
Q: How do I make an appointment with the clinic?A: Please call 1800 211 123 (option 1) to make an appointment.
Q: Are you open on weekends?
A: No, the clinic hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm.
Q: Do I need a referral to have my child’s hearing tested?
A: Referrals are preferred but not essential.
Q: How are newborn babies tested?
A: Newborn babies are tested whilst they are asleep. The test involves placing small recording pads on the baby’s head which monitor the brain’s electrical activity. A small earphone is used to produce sounds first in one ear and then in the other. This test measures the electrical responses as the sound travels from the ear to the brain.
The test is non-invasive and does not cause the baby any discomfort. The diagnostic test for newborns at Taralye is a longer test than the hospital screen. It is therefore important, as far as possible, to keep the baby awake prior to the test so the baby is ready for a good sleep at the clinic.
An information sheet is available that gives you detailed instructions on how to prepare your newborn baby for the test.
Q: What are grommets?
A: A grommet is a tiny tube that is surgically inserted into the eardrum by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to ventilate the middle ear. It is a common treatment in children when there is persistent middle ear fluid behind the ear drum which is impacting on the child’s hearing. A child may have a grommet placed in one or both eardrums.
Q: How do you test a one year old baby?
A: Babies in this age group are usually seated on their parent or caregiver’s lap facing the audiologist for their hearing test. Generally babies in this age group can sit well, have good head control and are able to turn to look for sounds in his or her environment.
To start the test some clear sounds are presented through speakers and are paired with the appearance of a puppet in a box next to the speaker. After several presentations the baby learns to look for the puppet when he or she hears the sound. At this point it is possible to make the sounds much softer. The softest level of response to which the baby consistently turns to look for the puppet is recorded by the audiologist.
There can be a number of reasons why a baby may not be ready for the puppet test, and if this is the case, calibrated noisemakers may be used as an alternative.
Q: Do I have to pay?
A: Health Care card holders, pensioners and children under 12 months of age will be bulkbilled. Please bring your Health Care card with you to the appointment. Payment is expected on the day for older children and will range from $45 to $80.
A rebate can be claimed through Medicare and your out of pocket expense will be $25. If you have registered your bank account details with Medicare we can arrange to have your rebate paid directly into your bank account electronically.
Please feel free to discuss any payment concerns with the audiologist or at reception.
Q: Is there parking available?
A: There is plenty of parking available onsite in the designated visitor’s area. Please be sure to observe the entry and exit signs to and from the property.
Contact details for making an appointment:
Address: 137 Blackburn Road (approximately 100m from Canterbury Road)
Blackburn VIC 3130
Tel: 1800 211 123 (option 1)
Fax: (03) 9875 6619