‘Hidden Hearing’ is a hearing service provided by Mr Alastair Bacon, an audiometrist who is specialized in the testing of hearing and the fitting of hearing aids, improving hearing by amplification. The focus of ‘Hidden Hearing’ is the fitting of hearing aids to adults to improve hearing in the least noticeable way.

Why ‘Hidden Hearing’?…. because…. Most patients want a hearing aid that cannot be seen and Alastair endeavours to provide patients with what they want and specializes in fitting the smallest and most discrete hearing aids possible. Also, if a patient is hearing well with their hearing aids then their hearing loss is hidden. There is an old saying that ‘a hearing loss is more noticeable than a hearing aid’.

Alastair is a member of the Australian College of Audiology and is accredited by the Office of Hearing Services to provide hearing services to pensioners and veterans.

Alastair grew up in a family business whose focus was improving hearing.  Alastair’s father was an engineer in Ireland responsible for designing and manufacturing some of the very first transistorised hearing aids. Hence his interest in the field of hearing aids. His family moved to Australia in 1981 and Alastair was employed in his father’s business and fitted his first hearing aid in 1984, at a time when large body worn hearing aids were still common place. All four of his sisters also work in hearing rehabilitation

If a patient is hearing well with their hearing aids then their hearing loss is hidden. There is an old saying that ‘a hearing loss is more noticeable than a hearing aid’.

Alastair has extensive experience in performing hearing rehabilitation which includes:

  • Hearing assessments
    • pure tone air and bone conduction
    • speech discrimination tests
    • tympanometry
  • Referring appropriate cases for medical intervention
    • otosclerosis
    • acoustic neuroma
    • otitis media
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
    • wax blockage
    • perforated tympanic membrane
  • Rehabilitative services
    • prescribing hearing aids
    • fitting hearing aids
    • counselling services

Audiology is an art as much as a science. Every patient is unique with individual preferences and tolerances. The real skill and art is programming the many characteristics of a hearing aid in order to provide the best outcome and to return hearing acuity to as normal as possible. More information can be found at www.hiddenhearing.com.au