Audiology

Audiology team at Waikato Hospital

Our friendly Audiology team at Waikato Hospital

Audiology at Waikato Hospital specialises in testing the hearing of children, and fitting children with hearing aids.


The audiologists also see a small number of adult patients (see referral information). They offer an outpatient service for the Waikato region, which is based at the Meade Clinical Centre at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, as well as outreach clinics at Waikato DHB’s rural hospitals.

Audiologists are part of the allied health group of health professionals, and are highly trained in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders.

Description

Services offered by Audiology include:

  • diagnostic hearing assessment for all ages including newborns referred from the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme
  • auditory processing assessment for children over 7 years old
  • habilitation and hearing aid fitting for children with permanent or significant hearing loss
  • habilitation and hearing aid fitting for a small number of adults (who meet entry criteria for the service)
  • ototoxicity monitoring

Click here for more information on the procedures, tests and treatments we offer.

The unit works in collaboration with:

  • Waikato Newborn Hearing Screening Programme: to provide diagnostic and habilitation services for babies who refer their newborn hearing screen.
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) department: hearing assessments for patients referred by ENT, including hearing assessment for children under anaesthetic  in theatre, and a monthly combined Ear Nose Throat / Audiology clinic
  • Maxillofacial: assessment prior to surgery and fitting of the processor for Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
  • Vision Hearing Technicians: refer children to the Audiology department who do not pass their B4 School Check
  • North Island Cochlear Implant Programme: runs an outreach clinic from the department twice a year.

Hearing therapists from Life Unlimited(external link) provide initial hearing aid assessments and on-going hearing aid support for adults.

Locations

Waikato Hospital
Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus
Pembroke Street
Hamilton

  • Audiology Clinic, Reception E, Level 2, Meade Clinical Centre

Outreach clinics at Tokoroa, Te Kuiti, Thames and Taumarunui hospitals

Contact information

Waikato Hospital Audiology: (07) 839 8794

  • Option 1 – booking clerk (for all booking and appointment queries)
  • Option 2 –assistant  (for all hearing aid and repairs queries)


Referral information

The Audiology department accepts internal referrals and external referrals from a range of services for children which include (and are not limited to): Plunket nurses, Vision Hearing Technicians and GPs.

They also accept internal referrals and external referrals from a range of services for adults who include (and are not limited to): Hearing Therapists, Audiologists in the private sector, and GPs.

Our audiologists provide a full range of third party funding options for adult hearing aids including ACC, War Pensions, WINZ and ACCESSABLE.

Audiology Referral Guidelines [PDF, 274 KB] 
(Revised referral guidelines as at August 2014)