Screening vs Diagnostic test

A hearing test is an umbrella or generic term that can describe both a hearing screening and a comprehensive hearing evaluation, but there’s a big difference between the two.

  • A screening audiometry test is only looking to see if further diagnostic testing is needed and can be a useful starting point. It is a preliminary pass or fail.   It usually only takes a few minutes.  It can usually be performed by a computer, an online program, a screening device or an administration team member. It will give you a general idea whether you need to have a full evaluation by a MNZAS audiologist.
  • A comprehensive diagnostic auditory evaluation looks at the hearing system as a whole and requires more detail to effectively measure and treat any issues identified.  For accuracy, a diagnostic hearing evaluation should be conducted in a sound-treated room using special earphones and equipment that has been calibrated to national standards. The examination involves a discussion about your medical history, any auditory or balances concerns, symptoms that you may have noticed and how it is affecting your daily lifestyle. Diagnostic tests are then conducted to review the outer, middle and inner parts of the ear. After testing is completed your MNZAS audiologist will discuss your hearing loss and its relationship to any issues identified in your history.  They will also discuss any treatment options and provide counselling specific to your case and results.

Are you missing out on the sounds around you? Our fully-qualified MNZAS audiologists can help.

Kapiti Hearing is an independent owner-operated audiology and hearing aid clinic, offering first-class hearing services and advice on all your hearing needs. Kapiti Hearing specialises in personalised, patient-centered care with our qualified audiologists who take the time to fully assess your hearing needs.  With audiology clinics in Waikanae and Raumati Beach, our practice is convenient for Kapiti residents and beyond. Find out how we can help you by contacting Kapiti Hearing today.

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Jeanie Morrison-Low, MAud, MNZAS


Eloise Koenig, MAud MNZAS


Katie Sawaya, AuD, MNZAS

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John Dobbs, AuD, MNZAS


Debra, Office Manager


Ness Stanley, Raumati Receptionist


Tiffany Britton, Waikanae Receptionist

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