Step 2. Begin your Assessment

Following the consultation, we will begin the assessment.

First your ears will be examined for wax, infection or any other abnormalities. This is done using an auroscope. Should you have wax blocking your ears, Steven Hale is a Registered Ear Care Practitioner which means he can remove wax using water irrigation.

Once we have established that your ears are clear, we can then proceed to performing a Pure Tone Audiogram (or Hearing Test). During this procedure you will wear a pair of headphones and be asked to press a simple button whenever you hear a sound.

We will then explain the results explained to you in great detail and based on the information you have also given us – we can recommend which type and style of hearing aid that would be beneficial for you.

If we feel it necessary we may recommend that you be referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant. We can offer best advice on which Consultant to see.

Should we feel that a hearing aid is the best option for you, we will spend some time showing you the different styles and sizes, as well as taking you through the newest technology that is available to you.

You may have already browsed our website and may have an idea of the type of hearing aid you want.

Some hearing aids can be fitted instantly and some need an ear impression so the aid can be made bespoke for you ear.

The ear impression is perhaps the most important step in the hearing aid process. It must accurately depict the outer ear so that the most comfortable and acoustically correct fitting can be obtained.

To make the ear impression, a foam block is put into the ear canal to protect the ear drum. A liquid silicone is then applied to the ear canal and outer ear. This remains in the ear for about 5 minutes while it sets. The now solid impression is then removed from the ear and dispatched to the manufacturer so that your bespoke hearing aid can be built.

Hearing Assessment Process

  • Full audiometric hearing assessment.
  • Speech discrimination testing.
  • Speech in noise testing.
  • Examination of ear and auditory canal using our state-of-the-art Video Otoscopy machine, where we can see inside your ear.
  • Explanation and discussion of test results.
  • Independent advice on the most appropriate hearing system to meet your hearing needs.
  • A copy of your audiogram for you to keep for future reference.
  • Reports to your GP or ENT Specialists, if required. Our practice is located in private medical suites alongside ENT Consultants, so we are able to refer to their knowledge and expertise as needed