Information For GPs & Other Healthcare Professionals
Do The Patient No Harm
Examinations And Reporting
Assessment procedures are carried out in controlled environments using calibrated equipment.
We report significant findings to you in a concise manner, such as conductive pathology, asymmetrical results, to help you decide if there is need for further medical follow up.
Your patients only see me, a qualified audiologist trained at Macquarie University.
In most cases excess cerumen can be removed on the day of testing using a variety of available methods, including otomicroscopy/curettage, micro-suction and irrigation.
Please remind patients not to attempt self-cleaning of the ears, as it often complicates the removal process. Pre-treatment with cerumenolytics is generally not required.
We fit hearing aids only when there is evidence of sufficient biological need and internal motivation to ensure a positive outcome for the patient. When these factors are lacking, we defer fitting until circumstances change.
Hearing aid amplification is prescribed and verified using in-situ methods in all cases.
Information counselling and instructive guidance are integral to our rehabilitation services.
Our primary treatment for tinnitus is education. Patients are taught about the relationship between peripheral pathology and central auditory maladaptation. The role of reticular/limbic systems in the development of adversive conditioned reflexes is discussed. We primarily advise patients of no-cost management strategies. In a very small percentage of cases (< 1%) we may fit a masking device where other habituation therapies have failed. Hearing aids are prescribed as a treatment for tinnitus only where clinically significant hearing impairment coexists.
Clinical Practice Without Industry Interference
Amplex is owned and operated by Audiologist Daniel Mestric. We are independent of hearing aid manufacturers and do not participate in incentive schemes of any nature. Daniel personally supports the movement towards registration of the Audiology profession at National level. Registration of the profession under AHPRA is the most effective way to protect the welfare of patients and audiologists from industry influence. We do not believe the current manufacturer retail model serves patients’ best interests, nor is it suited to self-regulation.
Centrelink Pensioner Concession Cardholders and most Veterans can access our services via the Office of Hearing Services Voucher Scheme. A specific medical clearance certificate is required for initial referrals. We participate in the Extended Primary Care Program, and charge your patients a small gap (approx. $38).
Workers and self-funded retirees are charged the Office of Hearing Services standard medicare scheduled fee, although they are not eligible to claim this rebate under current medicare legislation. Please feel free to use our private referral form.
Children (ages 3 to 21) can be referred to us and are billed privately.
We like to thank all medical professionals who have regularly referred to us over the years. Thank you for entrusting your patients’ care to us. If you have not had prior dealings with us, please seek the recommendations of your colleges and general patient feedback.