If you are concerned that your patient is experiencing problems with their hearing, it is important to know what options may be available to them. Our team of highly trained hearing specialists are dedicated to helping people experience the joy of better hearing. We will make the journey easy for your patients and provide them with on-going support and care.
You should refer anyone you suspect may have a hearing loss. Your patient may have hearing loss if they are reporting or experiencing any of the following:
Hearing loss is the third most prevalent health issue facing older adults. Nearly half of people older than age 75 and approximately one-third of those aged 65 to 74 have a hearing loss. However, only 20% of those individuals who might benefit from treatment actually seek help. Untreated hearing loss can affect a person’s physical and mental health, including their overall health, behaviour and relationships. As a person’s hearing deteriorates the sound signals to the brain become weaker. This can result in a lack of auditory stimulation and social isolation, and has been found to be a significant risk factor for reduced cognitive function and dementia. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss can help prevent some of these health concerns.
Ageing - Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 and nearly half of those older than 75 have hearing loss.
Noise exposure - Both long and short-term noise exposure can damage the inner ear.
Diabetes- Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those without.
Smoking - Current smokers have a 60% higher risk of having hearing loss than non-smokers.
Heart health - Inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can cause hearing loss.
Head or ear trauma - Particularly to the temporal bone, ear trauma can cause conductive and sensorineural hearing impairment.
Tinnitus - 90% of people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss.
Every New Zealand citizen and permanent resident aged 16 years and over are entitled to a Government subsidy of $1,022 towards a pair of hearing aids, or up to $511 towards a single hearing aid, once every six years. In addition to the Government subsidy, there are also several other funding options including ACC and Veterans’ Affairs. Our audiologists will help your patient apply for funding that may be available to them and support them every step of the way.
Click here to learn more about our funding options or contact us on 0800 800 864 for more information.
We can provide on-site hearing checks for patients at your practice. This includes a 20-minute appointment to determine if a hearing loss is present. This is a screen only and if a hearing loss is detected, a full diagnostic hearing test will be recommended.
Continued Medical Education (CME) Presentations
If you would like to learn more about the signs and effects of hearing loss, we can visit your practice for a GP presentation. Our presentation has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 1.0 credit per session CME for the General Practice Education Program (GPEP) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.
How to refer your patients
Referring to Bay Audiology is simple and easy. There are two main ways to refer your patients to us:
To request more referral vouchers, brochures or to arrange a GP screening or presentation at your practice, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org