It’s thought that two in every ten adults in the UK experience hearing loss. However there are many easily detectable signs to catch it early. These include:
Just like our eyesight, hearing has its own natural aging process.The majority of people experience gradual hearing loss through the course of life. But new digital hearing aid technology can manage that hearing loss in 95% of cases and help you to regain a better quality of life.
Your appointment will last between 1 to 1.5 hours. Firstly we will discuss your hearing with you, we may ask questions about your lifestyle and health. This will help us understand possible causes of any hearing problems. The consultation structure is normally:
We will ask you a few questions about your hearing and general health.
We will examine the outside of your ears first, then we will look in your ears with a light checking the health of your ear canal and ear drum.
We will measure what are the faintest sounds you can hear in a quiet environment through headphones. You will have to press a button every time you hear a beep or tone. The sounds start off louder and decrease gradually until they are very faint. This will tell us if your hearing is within normal range or in the case of a hearing loss, what type and what level of hearing loss is present.
The audiometric procedure involves the following tests;
Pure tone testing (Audiometry)
Speech testing (Audiometry)
This group of tests is plotted on an audiogram which shows your hearing sensitivity. It answers the question of whether or not your hearing sensitivity is within normal range, or if there is a hearing loss that is outside of the range of normal. The test results are also used as a tool to reveal any asymmetry (hearing sensitivity that is not equal between the two ears). The audiometric configuration (the “shape” of the thresholds) and the rest of the group of tests also give us information toward a diagnosis of ear abnormalities.
This battery of tests involves carefully listening through headphones that are placed over the ears or insert earphones that are placed in the ear canals. Next, pure tones will be presented through the headphones or insert earphones, as well as through a bone conduction vibrator on a headband that is placed behind the ear. You will listen for the softest level you can detect, and will push a button or raise your hand in response. This will determine your hearing thresholds.
Additional tests may be added to the group of tests if an asymmetry of thresholds is found, or if you have tinnitus or dizziness.
Words will be presented at a comfortable listening level and you will have to repeat them. This test gives us further information on the status of your inner ear function. It can help diagnose nerve damage/deterioration and is a good indicator of possible benefit from a hearing aid. This group of tests is plotted on our system which allows us to assess the impact that your hearing loss is having on your understanding of speech sounds. The test results are used as a tool to reveal exactly how your loss is effecting your understanding of speech in both quiet and noisy situations. This test and the rest of the group of tests also give us information toward a diagnosis of ear abnormalities. This test is also an excellent tool for assisting us in the recommendation of suitable hearing aids because it allows us to define the sounds in speech that you have most difficulty with.
During these tests you will be asked to repeat words that are presented to you at normal speech volume levels. Word recognition scores will be determined when you repeat words that are presented at this normal listening level.
If you are a suitable candidate for hearing aids, we will then move onto a hearing aid benefit assessment. During this test we use our fitting suite to fit a set of suitable hearing aids to your defined loss. This will allow us to test if you will benefit from hearing aids, it will also allow you to begin to understand the benefits.
Depending upon your choices we then schedule a second appointment which would be where we fit your hearing system, this will include:
After the fitting of the hearing system we will see you again to discuss your progress, where we can;
NB. It's a good idea to take notes of situations you found great but also situations where you think we can adjust your system.
Audiological Rehabilitation - we will help you get used to your hearing system and support you through the process of hearing the sounds that you have been missing out on.
If at any time you need to see us or need advice on your hearing system, just call us to make an appointment and we are happy to help. Getting used to your hearing system can take time and we understand this, so this is why we are always happy to see you so you can get the best out of your hearing system. Our promise to you is to support you right from your hearing assessment through to any reviews and check ups that are necessary.
Call us on 0800 1 69 68 62 to book your appointment or book online now