Whilst it is true that a decline in hearing is natural as we age, it is also true that hearing is a vitally important sense that helps us stay connected to other people and the world. Loss of hearing not only isolates us but can affect our ability to work and socialise. For most people, finding it a bit harder to hear is just normal wear and tear and one more fact of life. One in five people in our community over the age of 50 have some difficulty hearing and that figure rises to almost one in two of those over 70.
The first step is to book your free hearing test. You can phone 0800 587 7267, or you can fill in our online request form, and a customer care representative will get in touch to help you find a suitable date and time with a clinic in your area.
Patients are advised that consultations are occasionally peer-reviewed using a listening monitor, but not recorded. This is for training and quality purposes, but any patient unwilling to have their consultation with the audiologist reviewed can be omitted from the quality assessment scheme.
At your appointment, your hearing aid audiologist will ask you a few simple questions about your lifestyle, family history and whether you have difficulty hearing in any particular situations such as noisy public spaces.
The audiologist will then take a look inside your ears using an instrument called an otoscope, which is totally non-intrusive and is designed to ascertain whether you have any obstructions or ear infections that might be temporarily affecting your ability to hear properly.
After that, you will be asked to listen to a series of beeping sounds through the latest ear insert technology, set at different frequencies and intensity. This will ascertain if you have trouble hearing certain types of sounds which can affect your ability to hear. This part of the test is known as 'audiometry.'
You will then be presented with a list of words, usually read out by a close family member that you communicate with regularly and this will show us how you hear speech in a real-life environment. This is known as familiar voice testing, a technique pioneered by Hidden Hearing, designed to assess how well you can hear in both quiet and noisy situations.
Afterwards, the results from your check-up will be shared with you. Based on these, your hearing aid audiologist may make a number of recommendations. If hearing aids are advised, you will get a chance to have a look at the different types available to see if any meet your needs.
Once you have decided how you'd like to proceed, a separate appointment will then be booked to fit your hearing aids and help you get to grips with how they work.
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