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Hearing loss – Get the right advice at the right price

Hearing loss – Get the right advice at the right price

08/07/2019

Are you paying for services you don't need or will never use? Unbundling eliminates the necessity to "over-prescribe" hearing aids. Even patients eligible for government funding need to be wary. Audiology clinics should make costs transparent upfront. When some businesses are quoting $10,000-$12,000 or more for hearing aids, it is easy to understand why there is a perception in tha...

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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 premium hearing aids. The only big differe...

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Free hearing tests? You’d be dreaming!

Free hearing tests? You’d be dreaming!

06/04/2018

You might have seen some companies advertise free hearing tests or screens and wonder what the benefit of these might be. It all comes down to the difference between a screen and a test. What's the difference between a hearing test and a hearing screen? A screen is a simple assessment of hearing that may indicate if there's a loss present, but not how that hearing loss manifests itself. A screen...

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Helping to spread the news…

Helping to spread the news…

20/12/2017

Clarity are very proud to announce that we have recently become the naming sponsor of the Because We Care program in Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gold Coast and Ipswich. (more…)...

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From the Clinic: Relief for Anu… finally

From the Clinic: Relief for Anu… finally

04/12/2017

When you're a musician, sound is more than just a part of everyday life. When you start to lose the ability to hear clearly denial can set in.  (more…)...

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From the Clinic: Third time lucky for Susan

From the Clinic: Third time lucky for Susan

22/11/2017

It took Susan three goes and thousands of wasted dollars to finally get a hearing outcome she was happy with. (more…)...

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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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Do skin patches work for tinnitus?

Do skin patches work for tinnitus?

07/09/2017

Channel 7 News recently ran a story on the Antinitus skin patch from Sweden that makes claims to relieve symptoms of tinnitus. Do they work? (more…)...

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From the Clinic: Buyer beware – It pays to compare

From the Clinic: Buyer beware – It pays to compare

07/08/2017

Debbie and Bill* are both pensioners and live in regional Queensland. Recently they were both due to have their hearing aids updated through the Government's Hearing Services Program (HSP). (more…)...

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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 like b...

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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 and 'pr...

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Ad complaint upheld

Ad complaint upheld

15/06/2017

Prior to Mother's Day this year we ran a short 15 second ad on the regional TV network Imparja. You can see the ad below if you wish. The ad aired for 13 days and on the last day (May 13th) the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) received a complaint about our ad saying it depicted domestic violence. Clarity is Queensland's largest independent, family-owned audiologist. Clarity was built ...

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Oticon Opn™ – open your world

Oticon Opn™ – open your world

30/03/2017

Oticon Opn™ in Queensland Pairing Clarity's five ethical practice principles with the Opn's technical advancements ensure you get the best hearing solution for your needs at a fair price. (more…)...

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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 est...

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Are you being cold-called for hearing services?

Are you being cold-called for hearing services?

13/02/2017

Other hearing aid providers have been cold-calling private insurance holders to convince them to shift providers offering them free hearing aids and top ups. (more…)...

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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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