Hearing Assessment & Advice
The Audiologist will ask you some questions relating to your health and hearing difficulties.
The Audiologist will perform otoscopic examination to check the health of your ears and the status of any wax/debris. If the ear canals are clear of any wax/debris, the Audiologist will proceed with Audiometry.
The Audiologist will explain the hearing test, placing the headphones on.
Every time you hear a beep, no matter how quiet it is and no matter which ear you hear it in, you will be asked to press a button.
This may be completed also will a bone conductor and additional masking noises to complete a full picture of your hearing thresholds.
The hearing test will be visually recorded on an Audiogram to illustrate your hearing threshold levels in terms of frequency (pitch) and intensity (volume).
The Audiologist will explain the test results and make some recommendations for referrals onwards or hearing aids if required.
Hearing thresholds measured for the right ear are plotted as circles and for the left ear plotted as crosses. The range of hearing is as follows:
Normal hearing: you can hear quiet sounds between -10-20dB HL – although it is possible to have difficulty hearing in this range
Mild hearing loss: hearing loss between 20-40dB HL – difficulty following speech in noise
Moderate hearing loss: hearing loss between 41-70dB HL – difficulty following speech even in quiet
Severe hearing loss: hearing loss between 71-90dB HL – difficulty following speech without a hearing aid
Profound hearing loss: hearing loss over 90dB HL – you may need hearing aids, cochlear implants, additional communication needs including lipreading, assistive listening devices for the TV, phone, doorbell and sign language.