Whilst we are normally quick to get regular eye check-ups, our hearing is typically neglected until a problem is suspected, however it is a good idea to have a periodic hearing test to establish a baseline value, this means that if a hearing issue is identified it becomes very easy to compare current results against the baseline and recommend the appropriate action.
We adopt current best practices in all of our procedures and our audiology examinations closely follow the methods prescribed by the British Society of Audiology (thebsa.org.uk).
Following a comprehensive Case History to determine any pre-existing, contradictory indications or other possible contributing factors, a thorough examination of the ear using Otoscopy is used to visually check the condition of the ear canal and eardrum and confirm if it is safe to proceed. At this stage a wax blockage or ongoing ear infection will be classed as referable back to your GP.
If it is safe to proceed then an audiometric test will be conducted by instructing the patient to respond to a series of tones presented individually to each ear over a range of frequencies and decibel levels. This is a two stage process involving a minimum of two techniques, Air Conduction and Bone Conduction. The results of this test can highlight and identify typical hearing issues. Additional procedures such as Masking and Uncomfortable Loudness Level may also be conducted depending on circumstances.
Following an examination, any identified referable problems will be highlighted and a report prepared for your GP in order that the correct remedial action can be taken. If there are no contradictions and a non-referable hearing loss is identified our consultant will guide you through the most appropriate solution for your needs.