Our audiology service assesses and treats patients with hearing and balance impairments or disorders.

Hearing assessments

We offer a range of diagnostic hearing tests. With these tests, we can find out if you have a hearing impairment, what type it is and how severe it is. If you are diagnosed with a hearing impairment, we will discuss your treatment options with you. You may be prescribed hearing aids or be referred on to another service in the hospital for more tests and treatment.

Balance assessments

We have a number of different tests that assess your balance, including:

  • Posturography (EquiTest) 
  • Videonystamography (VNG testing)
  • Caloric testing 
  • Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)

More information about these balance tests is available in our balance assessment leaflet.

Bone anchored hearing aids (BAHAs)

A bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a special type of hearing aid that is surgically implanted in the bone behind your ear. If it is suitable for you, your audiologist and your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor will discuss it with you. The Audiology service at the Mater Hospital is one of four leading Irish sites that provide adult patients with BAHA fittings.

Research and development

In our department, we carry out many audit, research and development projects, and regularly present our findings at both national and international conferences. We continually monitor our service to make sure it is efficient, of high quality and in line with updated clinical guidelines. All of our team members are committed to continuous professional development and are actively involved in journal clubs and academic meetings. 

This year, our audiology team was awarded an IMSTA Health Innovation award. The award was sponsored by the health research board who valued the innovative and efficient approach used by the auditory implant team for bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) assessments. 

Related services

Referral information

GP referrals

We don’t accept direct GP referrals for hearing assessments at present. Referrals should be sent directly to the ENT Department as appropriate.

Medical card users

Medical card users who are over 60 years of age can be referred directly to: 

Community Audiology Service 
Grange Gorman HSE Primary Care Centre
Upper Grangegorman Road
Dublin 7   
Tel: (01) 867 6230
Email: audiology@hse.ie


Your appointment

The hospital doctor may refer you to us and we will send you a letter with your appointment date and time. If you can’t attend the appointment for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. You can do this by emailing or phoning us at the contact details above.