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I want to change hearing services providers!

I want to change hearing services providers!

02/10/2018

People receiving hearing services under the Australian Government’s Hearing Services Program may not be aware that there are a network of different providers who are registered to deliver these services Australia-wide (around 300). This means that if you wish to change providers, for any number of reasons, you are able to seek out and relocate to someone you feel will better service your...

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Hearing loss support for farmers in drought

Hearing loss support for farmers in drought

25/09/2018

With nearly 60% of the state now drought declared and regions struggling after years of low or non-existent rainfall one of the first casualties is often the individual health and well-being of our farmers. Better Hearing Australia and Clarity Hearing + Balance have announced the extension of eligibility to the BHA Hearing Access Program to Queensland farmers affected by drought and their pa...

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How much for hearing aids?

How much for hearing aids?

03/09/2018

When it comes to hearing, many distraught people come to Clarity Hearing + Balance after being told they need to spend thousands upon thousands on premium hearing aids—even after subsidies for those eligible for them. The fact is researchers at Memphis University found there was no significant difference in listening effort required between “basic” and “premiumâ...

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New Hearing Partnership Supports Legacy Widows and Children

New Hearing Partnership Supports Legacy Widows and Children

24/10/2017

We are really proud to announce a partnership with Legacy Townsville to help increase hearing health awareness within the Legacy family community. The Legacy relationship is very close to my heart. My grandfather was head of Legacy in Charleville, and as a kid I used to go with him visiting the WWII war widows and helping them out with mowing lawns and doing odd jobs that needed heavy lifting e...

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There’s no need to spend what you can’t afford on hearing aids…

There’s no need to spend what you can’t afford on hearing aids…

05/07/2017

Hearing aids should give you back a world of sound... not cost you the Earth. While there are certainly some remarkably prices being charged in some hearing aid clinics, the fact is price is not usually a factor in hearing outcomes. What do we mean by this? Most entry-level and intermediate priced hearing aids are as good at treating your hearing loss as premium, expensive models. It’s...

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Have we got a hearing aid for you!

Have we got a hearing aid for you!

21/06/2017

If you missed it, The ABC’s CheckOut program recently did a segment on the hearing aid industry in Australia. It provides some enlightening insights into the industry and some tips to ensure you get the right hearing health treatment for you. You can watch the segment below but here are the main takeaways: The hearing aid industry in Australia is not regulated. Anyone can set up shop ...

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ACCC report into the hearing aid industry: Clarity responds

ACCC report into the hearing aid industry: Clarity responds

03/03/2017

On March 3, 2017 the Australian Consumer watchdog, the ACCC, released a report into the Australian hearing aid industry. As owner and Principal Audiologist, I welcome the report from the ACCC. Clarity has long been an advocate for more transparency in the industry as well as critics of the use of commissions when it comes to selling hearing aids. I'd like to assure you that Clarity was...

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CAPD and Keeping Up In The Classroom

CAPD and Keeping Up In The Classroom

03/02/2017

Early identification of Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) is vital to ensure your child's learning abilities are not impaired in the long-term. The National Acoustic Laboratories state that CAPD could affect up to 5% of children. This could be giving them auditory fatigue when trying to concentrate in the classroom. Common signs of a potential Central Auditory Processing Disord...

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You get what you pay for with hearing tests!

You get what you pay for with hearing tests!

09/01/2017

Most “free” hearing tests are what’s called screening tests. These are a basic pass or fail tests designed to find out if you suffer from hearing loss. These kinds of tests are also available as free downloads from app stores or online. It requires little or no skill to administer, which is why they are free.  (more…)...

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Price differences muddy hearing aid treatment choices

Price differences muddy hearing aid treatment choices

30/11/2016

Frequently when looking at treating a hearing loss with hearing aids I get asked why there are large differences in pricing across different companies for the same hearing aids and why some companies are so much more expensive. The answer is not straightforward. (more…)...

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Clarity brings the amazing Cochlear technology to Mackay

Clarity brings the amazing Cochlear technology to Mackay

16/11/2016

Cochlear services are now provided locally through Clarity Hearing Solutions in Mackay and all our visiting sites and on 15 November 7 News Mackay covered the story of Andrew and the switch on of his Cochlear implant. (more…)...

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ACCC to investigate the hearing aid industry

ACCC to investigate the hearing aid industry

06/07/2016

Failures of the current system of self-regulation within the audiology field were highlighted in a Radio National documentary (aired on 30 November 2014 and 26 April 2015) that showed common business practices in non-audiologist owned businesses conflict with the codes of ethics that audiologists sign up to when they join professional associations. (more…)...

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Buyer beware

Buyer beware

15/10/2015

A couple of months ago there was a great expose on ABC Radio National concerning commissions and hearing aid sales. It has really opened up an awareness and started conversations about the ethics of having commissions in hearing healthcare and the lack of disclosure of this practice. (more…)...

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More to hearing well than just a hearing aid

More to hearing well than just a hearing aid

22/02/2015 - Audiologist Hearing Aids

As part of my day to day work I look at online research on hearing and subsequent rehabilitation treatment. Consequently my browser analyses my search data and I am bombarded with a lot of hearing aid company ads popping up, and in a worrying trend some of these are for online sales. Here is my opinion as well as the Australian Association of Audiologists in Private Practice’s (AAAPP) posit...

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The Phonak Lyric Hearing Aid – A Clinician’s Perspective

The Phonak Lyric Hearing Aid – A Clinician’s Perspective

09/03/2014

Clarity's early experiences with the Phonak Lyric invisible hearing aid I first heard about Lyric at an American Academy of Audiology conference several years ago. Like most clinicians my initial thoughts were sceptical. How could it be healthy for a device to sit in your ear canal for months at a time? Surely going from digital to analogue technology is a step backward? How can a batt...

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