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What Happens / Types of Testing

After taking a detailed account of your medical and hearing history your audiologist will begin the test. Our hearing assessments include the following;

  • Ear examinations using a fibre optic camera meaning the client sees exactly what is happening in their canal. The health of the ears is checked and any wax or debris is removed using microsuction.
  • Measuring whether the mechanical function of the ear drum and middle ear cavity are working normally.
  • Assessing the acoustic reflex of the middle ear.
  • Determining the amount of air flowing through the Eustachian tube into the middle ear.
  • Assessing the softest sounds that can be heard.
  • Measuring how effectively each individual can understand speech in noisy and quiet environments.

It is important to note the tests are all non-invasive and are completely pain free.

Your audiologist will then discuss and advice or recommendations, be it hearing technology or referring you to an ENT specialist. Once you have received your hearing test report you are welcome to come back to the practice for a follow-up appointment to discuss any queries you may have. This follow-up appointment will be free of charge.

Your Hearing Test Report

Following your hearing assessment, you will receive a detailed, bespoke report with all of your testing results. These will be written so you can clearly understand what each test means and how the result impacts on your hearing.

The report will contain any advice & recommendations discussed at the consultation, including information pertaining to the future management of your hearing. At the back of each report has detailed information explaining how we hear and how to fully understand your audiogram.

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Costs

Hearing assessments will last approximately 90 minutes. The cost of the consultation is £140.00.

If you have already paid £75.00 for an ear check & wax removal appointment, if you book your hearing test within the next month from the date of your ear check & wax removal, you will only pay the £65.00 difference.

Pitfalls of a free hearing test

You will see countless adverts offering free hearing tests from many hearing aid dispensing companies which makes you think, “Why should I pay for a hearing test, I can get one just down the road for free?”

Many of these locations have hearing aid dispensers, and not audiologists. Hearing aid dispensers have primarily been trained to test their patients’ hearing for the purpose of deciding if a patient might be able to wear hearing aids successfully. Audiologists have, of course, also been trained to do this, but the bulk of their education is in the science of determining the possible source of a person’s hearing impairment. In addition, audiologists are trained to determine the most effective treatment options for a patient’s unique needs, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids, middle ear implants, aural rehabilitation and assistive listening devices.

Hearing aids can be an effective tool in improving one’s ability to understand conversation and communicate with others but the audiologist’s role is to use all tools available to improve these important aspects of life.

Most hearing aid dispensers work on low salaries and high commissions, therefore being under pressure to meet targets. They will be highly trained in a variety of sales techniques and the majority of your test will be to sell you a hearing aid, rather than focusing on the clinical evaluation of your hearing. We see a large number of clients who have been sold hearing technology which is not fit for purpose or not programmed according to their needs.

At Tara Tripp Hearing Care we pride ourselves on providing the best possible solution for each individual. As an independent practice we are able to supply hearing aids from all manufacturers as we are not tied into any agreements from laboratories. Any recommendations made are based on each individuals hearing requirements. This may or may not be hearing technology, but it will be the most appropriate solution for you.

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