Hearing tests are an important part of your health and wellbeing checks. The hearing test can measure your hearing levels, and it can also identify any changes to your hearing over time. These changes could include age-related hearing loss, noise induced hearing loss and hearing loss associated with issues in your middle ear. If you think you might need a hearing test, read on to learn more about when to get one done and what the results mean!
When to get a Hearing Test
A hearing test is an important part of hearing health care. Having a hearing test can help you tell if your hearing has changed over time. It can also show whether there’s an issue with one or both ears. You might need a hearing test for yourself or someone in your family. This could include children who are having trouble learning at school. If you’re concerned about any changes in yourself or another person’s hearing, make an appointment with us as soon as possible!
What the Hearing Tests involve
In order to assess our patients’ needs, we’ll administer different types of hearing tests depending on the requirements of our patient and the issues they are facing. We use state of the art equipment and as a basic standard carry out full audiometry and speech testing.
What is an audiometry test?
We perform this test either under headphones or in a soundproof booth. Different frequencies of pure tones (from 250 Hz to 8000 Hz) are used to test each ear. We also carry out another test which tells us the cause of your hearing loss.
What do I need to bring?
When we see you we will look in your ears to check there are no concerns that may affect the hearing. We will look for things such as an ear wax build up or ear infection. This also allows us to perform additional procedures on our patients when necessary.
It’s always a good idea to have your hearing tested every few years. This means you have a baseline reference over your hearing health lifetime. You should take the same approach to hearing as you would sight and teeth.
Our Hearing Test Process
Once we’ve determined a hearing issue exists, we will talk to you about what your options. As we are completely independent we work with all the manufacturers. This means we can advise on what the best technology is for you. Our hearing services include hearing aid fitting, management and aftercare, ear wax removal and tinnitus assessment. If required, we can refer you to appropriate specialists depending on your individual needs.
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Hearing Tests are Essential
After getting a hearing test, the results will tell you whether there is hearing loss present. It will show if it is in one or both of your ears, and to what degree. We might suggest using hearing aids to assist with any difficulties that have been identified. Our audiologists can discuss all available options for hearing health care. Make sure to let us know if you’re interested when setting up an appointment!
Once we’ve done a screening check, if necessary, we will perform a full hearing and communication check. This full test can take up to an hour and half. This leaves plenty of time to discuss any issues you may be having.
We use video endoscopy, a tiny camera inside the ear, and state of the art hearing test equipment. The results are all plotted in and audiogram which shows your unique hearing pattern.
We will discuss the hearing test results together with you and explain what they mean. In our experience, it is very important for people to understand their hearing health. That way they can make informed choices about how best to manage this aspect of their life.