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Hearing tests
with a difference

The mechanics of hearing are complex…
It’s not about volume. More often than not, it’s about clarity.
We believe a full hearing test assessment should include:

That’s why we provide a comprehensive 60 minute hearing assessment – not just a “hearing screening test” – and we do this at no charge to you.

At Hearing Sense, our comprehensive hearing tests have 7 components to provide you with highly personalised information about your ability to hear clearly.

We learn about you, your hearing and your overall health

Each hearing assessment begins by chatting about your general health, your ears and any hearing troubles you are experiencing.

The reason we do this is to uncover aspects of your life that may tie in with the causes of your hearing loss, such as noise exposure or medicines taken which may affect your hearing.

We also like to learn about your general health as this can help us identify the most appropriate hearing aids option for you, should you require them. For example, if you have arthritis in your hands or fingers, you may find it difficult to use a very small hearing aid battery. In this situation, we would recommend rechargeable hearing aids or perhaps an extended wear hearing aid like Lyric (which doesn’t have batteries) as these options are often easier to manage.

Outer ear testing using an otoscopy

Examinations of your outer ear using an otoscopy is something you will be very familiar with as it’s commonly used by GPs to check for ear infections and the like. We use it during your hearing test assessment as it allows us to examine your external auditory canal. That’s the tunnel that leads from your outer ear (known as the pinna) to the eardrum. In particular, we check your ear canal to:

Middle Ear Testing (aka Tympanometry test)

The next step is to check how well your eardrum and middle ear bones are working. It’s called a Tympanometry test and involves blowing a small puff of air into your ear canal to observe how well your eardrum and middle ear bones move. This movement indicates how effectively sound is being transmitted into your middle ear. It also allows us to evaluate how well your Eustachian Tube is working in each ear. This is a tube that runs from the middle ear to the pharynx. It has many functions including protecting, aerating and draining the middle ear.

Pure tone Audiometry testing (also known as Air Conduction Testing)

During an Audiometry test, “insert earphones” are used to play a series of sounds at different pitches. We ask you to push a button when you hear each sound so we can evaluate the softest sound you can hear for every frequency.

Depending on the results of the Air Conduction Testing, we often conduct a Bone Conduction test. This test allows us to determine which part of the ear is affecting your hearing.

The results of both tests are plotted on an audiogram graph to compare normal hearing range and the varying levels of hearing loss you are currently experiencing for each pitch of sound.

Ear and Brain testing in quiet settings

By now, we are starting to pinpoint which aspects of hearing are a problem for you. The Ear and Brain test is designed to assess how well you can hear words in quiet settings. We do this by evaluating the consonants you are missing in everyday speech and the ones you can hear well. This test also guides us on whether a hearing aid could assist you.

To do the Ear and Brain test, we read a list of words and ask you to repeat the word back to us.

Ear and Brain testing in noisy settings

Most people have trouble hearing speech when there’s a lot of background noise. Yet the level of hearing disruption with background noise is seldom tested in a clinical environment. We believe this is a really important test to do because your ability to participate in conversations in noisy settings directly impacts your enjoyment at social events.

The Ear and Brain test in noisy settings checks your ability to comprehend sentences with background noise (like at a party). This test gives us an indication of how well your brain is processing the message it receives from your ears.

Explaining your results

Once the tests have been completed, we look at the results and assess your hearing health in combination with the real life experiences you have told us about. Your results are thoroughly explained using demonstrations and displays on a mounted TV screen so you don’t miss a thing. Then we look at possible solutions to help you hear better and continue to work with you to find the best solution for you.

For example, if you told us you are having trouble hearing the TV clearly, even with the volume up, we’d look at the slope of your hearing loss to see which pitches are most affected. We’d also look at the results from your Ear and Brain test and Air Conduction test to identify which areas of hearing loss are affecting your ability to clearly hear the TV.

Nothing to pay and everything to gain

We provide totally FREE and comprehensive hearing tests because we believe the only way to properly treat your hearing loss is through thorough and professional testing. As a result, you will leave our clinic feeling secure about your hearing test results and confident in the recommendations we make.

If you feel your hearing isn’t as good as it once was, get in touch to have a free and comprehensive hearing test assessment with us. We know you’ll feel like putting it off but don’t! Knowledge is power and a solution to your hearing loss is just 60 minutes away.