How do I know I need a Hearing Test?
This is a simple question – and one of the biggest ways is that your loved ones will tell you that you need a hearing test! The challenges of good effective hearing are being highlighted now more than ever, in this age of Covid, because face to face communication is even more difficult, and we are now so reliant upon electronic devices to “see” our loved ones. We also know first hand how hard it can be to communicate in shops, on buses and in the street whilst wearing a face mask. This means that, in many cases, we have lost the ‘coping strategy’ of lip reading – whether we acknowledged that we did this or not.
Signs and symptoms of hearing loss
Many of the signs of hearing loss are well known, such as not being able to clearly hear your loved ones, asking them to repeat themselves frequently, turning up the volume on the television and radio, struggling to follow conversations with multiple participants and people sounding muffled to you. However, there are other, less commonly known signs, which can have massive impact on your quality of life. Consider not being able to hear and effectively react to sounds in the street, or in your car, warning you of impending danger…or how isolated you will begin to feel if you don’t have the confidence to join in with social conversations for fear of saying the wrong thing. We have certainly written recently on the potential impact of self-withdrawal upon mental health and neurological illnesses, and how improving your ability to hear may help to stave off Alzheimer’s and even Parkinson’s diseases. Whilst booking a date to have your hearing assessed is not the most exciting rendezvous on the calendar, it really can change your life for the better.
Hearing Test Options
Often the NHS route is to see your GP in the first instance who will refer you to an NHS Audiologist who will conduct the test for you. Should you require hearing correction equipment, you will be offered a product from their range.
Some pharmacies and opticians are also able to administer hearing tests. Once again, you may not have to pay for this, and could be offered products from their in-house range of remedies.
There are also some online hearing tests available. 12 months ago we conducted our own research into these procedures, and reported back about our decision NOT to endorse or offer them as we remain unconvinced as to their accuracy, and may be misleading for the participant.
Visiting a private Audiologist, such as Steven Hale.
What is an Audiologist?
“An Audiologist is a hearing healthcare professional that manages, focuses and finds a solution to problems of the auditory system of a patient. Audiologists are professionally trained to diagnose, treat and monitor all levels of hearing loss, tinnitus symptoms and balance issues” (www.hearingaid.org.uk). Steven Hale is an award winning Audiologist who was decorated for “…high levels of professionalism, care and commitment shown to patients…”. Some feedback from customers has identified Steven as being a problem solver, not a salesman.
What are the benefits of seeing a private Audiologist?
By going directly to your local Audiologist, you will usually get an appointment within 24 hours. You will also find that the consultation is more organic, as are the remedies on offer, as Audiologists such as Steven Hale are independent, and therefore not tied into certain product ranges. Steven also prides himself on excellent relationships with his patients, and his passion for technological evolution ensures that he can provide the very newest, most advanced remedies.
Steven Hale’s Advanced Hearing Loss Testing process
After taking time to understand your hearing difficulties, Steven will then take you through a thorough – painless – examination to test your hearing and assess what will be the most suitable solution for your hearing loss, budget and lifestyle. Briefly, this will include:
- Your ears will be examined for wax, infection or any other abnormalities.
- Performing a Pure Tone Audiogram wherein you will be asked to wear a pair of headphones and be asked to press a simple button whenever you hear a sound.
- Advanced Testing where Steven carries out in-depth tests on speech, speech in noise and middle ear function to establish the specific problems within the audiological system. If necessary he will refer you to another specialist, such as ENT.
Naturally Steven will immediately show you your results – and in some cases will offer a photo of the inside of your ear!
Steven Hale offers superb, advanced hearing testing processes so that he can precisely diagnose your issue and create the very best solution available to suit your budget and lifestyle.
Steven is a Hearing Consultant – and a great listener!
For peace of mind, get your hearing checked now.