As one of our primary senses, being able to hear helps us to communicate and engage with the people around us. As we age, our ability to hear begins to change and unfortunately deteriorate but it can take time for people to become aware of the impact that poor hearing can have on everyday life. Whether it’s constantly asking loved ones to repeat themselves or turning up the T.V, there are some tell-tale signs that you may be suffering with hearing loss. It’s important to not stress yourself out too much if you think your hearing is deteriorating as it is now easy to determine if you have hearing loss and plenty of options to improve the quality of your hearing.
Coming to terms with hearing loss can be difficult but with the correct help and advice from our team of experts at Scrivens; better hearing is a reality for most people in later life. If you think your ability to hear well has deteriorated over the past few years then a free hearing check is the best way to find out!
At Scrivens we offer two types of hearing check, a hearing screening and the more complete full hearing health check:
Available in all our branches, a hearing screening is a quick and simple check that takes just 15-20 minutes to complete. In areas where Scrivens Hearing Care is able to provide free NHS hearing aids, this type of initial screening is also used to ascertain whether you may benefit from NHS hearing aids.
Hearing screenings are carried out by a member of staff who will ask you to put on a set of headphones and listen for a series of beeps played at different volume levels. Once complete we’ll be able to tell you whether a more complete hearing health check by one of our Hearing Aid Audiologist is required, or if you are thinking about having NHS hearing aids, whether the results indicate that you should see your GP about getting referred to a local NHS hearing aid provider, such as Scrivens Hearing Care.
This is a comprehensive assessment carried out by one of our qualified Hearing Aid Audiologists (HAA), it takes approximately 45 minutes and is made up to of the following steps:
Step One: Initial discussion
Our Hearing Aid Audiologist will ask you about your medical history, as well as your lifestyle and occupation. You will be asked about any hearing difficulties you may be experiencing, if you have worn hearing aids before and in what specific situations you would like to hear better.
Step Two: Checking the health of the ears (Otoscopy)
An instrument called an Otoscope is used to look inside your ears, checking for any blockages or abnormalities of the ear drum and the ear canal. Should any conditions be discovered that are best addressed by your GP, our Hearing Aid Audiologist will refer you for further investigation.
Step Three: Checking the level of hearing (Audiometry)
A computerised audiometer is used to establish how well you can hear. By playing different tones at a set range of frequencies and volumes, our Hearing Aid Audiologist is able to determine your level of hearing. Should the results require it, your HAA will also fit a hearing aid at this point, to demonstrate the improvements to your hearing that are possible.
Step Four: Explanation of results
It is extremely important that you fully understand the results of your Full Hearing Health Check. Therefore, we ensure that we take the necessary time to explain the results at the end of the appointment. If your Full Hearing Health Check determines that a hearing loss is present, our Hearing Aid Audiologist will advise you of the most appropriate solutions for you.