Hearing health screening explained
The sense of hearing allows you to interpret the world which enables you to make sense of where sounds are coming from, conversations between friends, family and work colleagues as well listening and understanding your favourite TV programmes.
It’s important to have you hearing checked regularly especially if you’re over the age of 50. Your hearing changes as you get older and identifying some of the early warning signs will enable you to discuss hearing solutions that can be personalised just for you.
Our free state of the art hearing test using the latest innovative hearing technology, takes you through a series of different sound, noise and speech tests. This will allow our expert Audiologists to clearly advise and discuss the types of solutions that are best suited to your hearing needs giving you the confidence and knowledge of what solutions can help you stay connected to the world around you.
However, if you'd rather start finding out more about your hearing with a shorter hearing health screening instead, we will be happy to organise this for you.
A hearing health screening is vital in identifying any underlying health conditions associated with hearing loss. You’ll have the opportunity to ask your expert Audiologist about any concerns you may have about your hearing. If you are finding certain situations to environments more challenging, your local expert can help, advise and support you from the moment you first make contact with us throughout the life of your hearing difficulties. You can expect to be informed about any advances in the latest pioneering hearing aid technology and how this could benefit you should you wish to know more information.
Your guide to a hearing health screening
A hearing health screening is an easy way to assess the health of your ear canals and ear drums. The screening includes a thorough examination including a Video Otoscopy, which could help to identify any underlying causes of hearing loss. Some of these include:
- Excessive accumulation of ear wax
- Fluid accumulation in the middle ear
- Perforation of the eardrum
- Scar tissue on the eardrum
- Any abnormalities in the ear canal
Your Audiologist will use a small fibre optic camera called a Video Otoscope. This is placed at the entrance of your ear canal and allows you to see exactly what's happening in your ears on-screen.
Once the health of your ears has been assessed your results will be discussed with you. We will also perform a quick hearing screening test. If there is any indication of hearing loss your Audiologist will advise you to arrange a full hearing test.
The hearing health screening process can take up to 40 minutes.
Do I need a hearing health screening?
If you're over 50 and haven't had your hearing checked in the last 2 years, or you find yourself in the situations highlighted below, we highly recommend you speak with you local Audiologist for further advice.
- Other people find the volume too loud when i'm watching the TV
- I find it hard to follow conversations in busy or noisy places
- I find it hard to tell the direction sound is coming from
- I sometimes feel left out when friends and family are having conversations
- I find it hard to catch the beginning of words