What happens in a hearing test?
Aug 08, 2018 in Hearing Tests
You know what happens in an eye test, but what’s it like to have a hearing test? Here’s our quick rundown of what happens in a Leightons free hearing assessment.
We all know the importance of regular hearing assessments, but few of us know exactly what to expect when we turn up for a hearing screening. Every branch in our network offers a free hearing test with one of our professionally trained audiologists, but what does a hearing check actually entail? Let’s find out…
Our hearing tests
At Leightons, we’ll start with a friendly chat about your background and history of hearing issues in your family. This helps us understand the likelihood of any hereditary conditions, before moving on to lifestyle implications that may have an impact on the quality of your hearing.
You might work in a noisy environment – a building site manager for example, or a car mechanic. But are you taking precautions when it comes to protecting your hearing? If a hearing loss is present, you’re not alone. Leading charity, Action on Hearing Loss, believes there are 11 million of us currently living with some form of hearing loss. These figures are likely to increase: by 2035, it is thought 1 in 5 of us will be living with hearing loss - around 15.6 million people.
If a hearing check identifies any degradation in hearing sensitivity, it could be the result of a simple build up of wax in the ear canal. However, by taking pictures of the outer ear, eardrum and canal - known as video otoscopy - we can check for any additional causes.
When a hearing assessment detects deterioration, we can check the level of hearing loss using pure tone audiometry. This simple hearing test asks you to listen to a variety of sounds, of different frequencies and volumes, and signal when you can hear sound being played.
Another method that can help us to determine the level of hearing loss is a speech in noise test. As the name suggests, the aim is to determine how well you can understand speech in a noisy environment. It’s particularly useful for detecting sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss.
At the end of your test, an audiogram will show you a graphic record of your hearing sensitivity. Our friendly audiologists will be able to provide expert advice on preventative measures aimed at protecting your ears, such as custom-moulded earplugs, or our range of smart, unobtrusive hearing aids.