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.
The audiologist will examine your ears and perform a hearing test, as well as discussing with you any difficulties that you have been experiencing.
Once the testing is finished the Audiologist will explain the results to you.
The outcome will be either that:
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:
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.
At the end of your hearing assessment appointment you will receive patient information leaflet Hearing assessment
For further information please refer to patient information leaflet Hearing assessment appointment
Hearing Aid fitting appointment
For further information please refer to patient information leaflet Hearing aid fitting appointment
Following your hearing aid fitting appointment, you may find the following patient information leaflets useful:
Hearing Aid fitting review
When you are fitted with new or upgraded hearing aids, you will always be offered an opportunity to review your progress with your hearing aids.
At the fitting appointment, you and the audiologist will decide which of the following options is best suited to you.
You will have five options:
If you and the Audiologist choose option 3-5, and you would like to see an audiologist, there is an option in Section 4 of the questionnaire to note that you require further assistance with your hearing aids and would like to see an audiologist.
A member of the Audiology team will contact you in due course.
As a hearing loss is generally acquired over a period of time, it takes time to adjust to the amplification of a hearing aid which tries to restore the hearing loss. Each individual responds differently to the sound of a hearing aid and each individual can take a different amount of time to adapt to the sound of the aids.
As a guide the following might be used:
Hearing aids cannot fully restore natural hearing. To achieve the optimal benefit from the hearing aids communication strategies need to be employed when using the hearing aids.
If the aids do not seem to provide optimal benefit despite optimal use of communication strategies and optimal adaptation, the use of assistive devices (e.g. loop telephones, TV headsets) may be beneficial. Please ask your audiologist about assistive devices.
Hearing Aid Review Questionnaire
At your fitting appointment your Audiologist will hand you a questionnaire to complete. We ask that this form is returned to the Audiology Department 3 months after your fitting so we can assess how you are getting on with your hearing aid. The questionnaire covers questions on ease of use and comfort, maintenance of the aids, sound quality and satisfaction. Upon receipt of the questionnaire we can offer you an appointment to discuss any difficulties you may have or invite you to our walk in services.
Is your hearing aid whistling?
Has your hearing aid stopped working?
It is important that the mould is kept clean to enable the best quality of sound from the aid
If problems persist after you have applied each of the troubleshooting steps then please attend a walk-in repair session