So what happens when you have a consultation with us? Most people find it reassuring to know in advance what to expect:
Review of Your Medical and Lifestyle History.
The purpose of this initial investigation is to find out more about you, and your motivation for having a hearing test. We also meticulously analyse your medical history to establish if it is necessary to formally refer you to another specialist should we find any pre-existing medical condition that may require further investigation.
Examination of Outer Ear and Ear Drum (Tympanic Membrane).
This examination allows the Hearing Aid Audiologist to ascertain the health of the outer ear and ear drum. It is a further opportunity to ensure that there is no medical reason for your hearing loss that might need specialist attention.
The Hearing Test
At this point a full hearing test is undertaken using the latest audiometric techniques available. The hearing test takes approximately twenty five minutes to complete and involves you listening to a series of sounds via headphones.
Explanation of Results
This is a very important aspect of our consultation with you. We will fully explain your hearing test results in a non-technical and easy to understand way. The Hearing Aid Audiologist will also be very pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Recommending a Hearing Solution where appropriate
In accordance with regulatory guidelines, best practice, and Company policy we will only prescribe hearing aids where our consultation, and most critically the hearing test itself indicate that there will be a measurable benefit to you. Our Hearing Aid Audiologist will recommend to you a hearing solution that most closely matches your lifestyle requirements and expectations, as well as your budget.
Your Hearing Care Management Plan
By this point you have a better understanding and clearer insight into the particular nature of your hearing difficulties and an appreciation of how we may be able to help. It is your decision on how to proceed from this point onwards.
Before your Hearing Consultation it is advisable to have your ears checked for wax and ideally wax free. This is because a build-up of wax prevents a clear view of the ear drum during examination and also because the hearing test results may be adversely affected giving a false test result.