The first step in understanding your hearing is to conduct a hearing assessment. This will test how well you recognise sounds across different frequencies and intensities. The purpose of assessment is to capture all the information required to accurately diagnose and treat hearing loss.
During your assessment, you audiologist will carry out the following:
- Evaluate your answers to the questionnaires
- Medical and otological history review
- Speech Discrimination Tests – To assess your ability to accurately hear speech under differing listening conditions
- Otoscopy – Physical examination of the outer and middle ear structures
- Tympanometry – A test to check middle ear function
- Pure-tone-audiometry – A test to check hearing acuity along the auditory pathway
- Loudness Level Tests (where appropriate) to check hearing sensitivity
Your audiologist will then explain your results in a non-technical, jargon-free way, that will give you a full understanding of your hearing health. Your audiologist may offer advice on how your hearing capabilities could be improved if appropriate.
This does not always mean hearing aids. In fact, there are variety of communication strategies that could also help people to manage and improve on every day communication.
If your audiologist feels that you would benefit from the use of hearing aids based on the results of your hearing assessment, they will recommend the most suitable treatment options, and demonstrate relevant hearing devices.
If you have any queries at all about our tinnitus services or would like to arrange a Hearing Assessment, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01765 278 744 or fill in the contact form on this page.