Adult Hearing Assessments – Q & A
How do I get referred for a Hearing Assessment?
If you feel your hearing has worsened and you need your hearing checked, please contact your GP. Your GP can refer you to the Audiology Department should you need a hearing test.
We can see you within 6 weeks of receipt of the referral and if appropriate can fit you with a hearing aid within 18 weeks.
We will send you a letter with your appointment date and time.
Do I need to do anything before my appointment?
It would be helpful if you could inform the department before your appointment if you have any disabilities or require the assistance of an interpreter (including sign language). You are welcome to bring along a friend or relative to the appointment if you feel this would be helpful.
Please make sure your ears are clear of any wax, consult your GP if in doubt.
Ears blocked with wax may not give appropriate hearing test results. It may not be possible to take an earmould impression, if one is required.
What shall I do when I arrive?
Please check in at the Audiology Reception. The assessment will take approximately 45 minutes.
What will happen during my appointment?
The Audiologist will ask you questions about:
– your medical history
– your hearing problems
The audiologist will then examine your ears before testing your hearing. If excessive wax is present you may be asked to go to your GP to have the wax removed.
Your hearing will be tested by presenting you a variety of tones at different intensities (loudness) and frequencies (pitch) via headphones. You have to indicate that you are able to hear the tone by pressing a button.
It is very important that you respond to the faintest sounds you can hear even if you are not sure. The audiologist will plot the faintest tones you can hear on an audiogram.
It may also be necessary to carry out a middle ear pressure test. This is conducted with a flexible probe in the ear canal which delivers a pressure to the ear drum.
What will happen next?
Once the test is finished the Audiologist will explain the results to you.
The outcome will be either that:
– Your hearing is within normal limits
– You require an onward referral to an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist
– You would benefit from a hearing aid
– You would benefit from a different hearing aid
If a hearing aid is considered to be beneficial to you, you will be asked whether you wish to proceed with a hearing aid fitting. If you wish to proceed the hearing aid may be fitted to an earmould or a thin tube with dome depending on the level of your hearing loss. An ear impression of the ear canal is required for the earmould.
If you do not wish to proceed with a hearing aid at this time you will be discharged from the clinic. You will need to contact your GP again when you wish to proceed with a hearing aid fitting in the future.
Ear Impression for an earmould for a Hearing Aid
The Audiologist will examine your ear canal before placing a very tiny piece of foam with a thread close to the ear drum.
Your ear canal will then be gently filled with impression material which sets within minutes.
The entire impression will then be removed and sent to a laboratory so that a good fitting earmould can be made.
Will I need another appointment?
You will be asked to make another appointment at the reception desk for a fitting appointment in 4-6 weeks time.