Some of the most common tell tale signs of hearing loss include watching the television with the volume turned up too high for other people, struggling with conversation if there’s any background noise and difficulty speaking on the phone.
Hearing loss happens slowly over time which makes it very difficult to know exactly when it started. It’s common for friends and family to notice the signs before you do so they may occasionally hint that you’re having trouble hearingGet in Touch
Hearing Tests at Fresh Hearing
Our first step is to take a detailed case history to understand your main concerns, your hearing and balance history and any relevant medical background information.
Before we begin the hearing test we’ll take a quick look inside your ears to make sure they’re sufficiently clear of wax to carry out the testing. We’ll then begin with a number of non invasive, simple tests to check the health of various parts of the outer, middle and inner ear structures.
Once the tests are done we’ll talk you through the results and offer you support and advice on your next steps. For example, if the results of your hearing tests suggest that you’re a good candidate for hearing aids, we’ll talk to you about your options and how to make sure you get hearing aids tailored to your specific needs.
Are free hearing tests good enough?
Whilst they won’t cost you anything, free hearing tests are often carried out within 15 minute time slots and they are very basic.
They might be useful if you just want a quick hearing check up but if you suspect a hearing loss, we would recommend a more comprehensive hearing test. High street chains offer free hearing tests as a way to sell their limited range of hearing aids.
How do I know if I need a hearing test?
It’s important to get your hearing checked regularly rather than waiting for a problem to arise. Having said that, if you’re feeling any discomfort in your ears or your hearing suddenly changes in any way, you should book a hearing test.
If you’re struggling with conversation (in person and on the phone) or you’re mumbling and asking people to repeat themselves a lot, that’s also a good sign you should book a hearing test. As mentioned above, another very good indicator is watching the televisions with the volume louder than other people need it.
You may also experience a sensation of water in your ears which makes things sound dull.
How often should I get a hearing test?
How often you should get a hearing test will mainly depend on your age and lifestyle. If you’re younger than 50 and have no concerns about your hearing, once every 3 years is a good guide. Having said that, if you’re young and you listen to a lot of loud music or work in loud environments, we would recommend more frequent checks.
For people over the age of 50, we would suggest getting your hearing tested once a year. This is because hearing tends to affect you more later in life. Remember, hearing tests are very straightforward and painless so there’s no reason not to get one when you need.Get in Touch
How reliable are hearing tests?
Comprehensive hearing tests are a very reliable way of determining the health of your hearing. If you have any concerns about your hearing you should get a thorough evaluation.
Do I Need Hearing Aids?
If your hearing test shows that you have some hearing loss you may be a good candidate for hearing aids. Our hearing tests will help us understand the type of hearing loss you are experiencing, along with factors such as your lifestyle, will determine the right hearing aid for you.
We have full access to the leading hearing aid manufacturers and we recommend hearing aids that are right for your individual circumstances.
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