Adult Hearing Services
What do I do if I have a problem with my hearing?
If you are having problems with your hearing or any ear related symptoms the first port of call is to visit your GP. Once you have visited the GP and explained your symptoms, they may either refer you on to Audiology or to the Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) department depending on your individual circumstances.
Your initial appointment with Audiology will last around 1 hour. At the appointment, one of the audiologists will take a detailed medical history of any ear related symptoms and any other associated symptoms you may have. A hearing test will then be carried out and the results will be presented to you. From this, the Audiologist will discuss the best treatment plan.
A hearing test is used to establish your hearing threshold (the quietest sound you can hear). In order to do this accurately, the appointment will take place in a soundproof room to minimise any external sound. The audiologist will fully explain what is expected from you throughout the hearing test and will address any queries you may have. The actual hearing test will last around 15- 20 minutes.
Once your hearing test is complete, the audiologist will give a detailed explanation of your results, taking into consideration, how it affects you and your daily life. A number of options will be discussed, regarding ways to improve your hearing and communication and you will be able to choose the best treatment option for you.
Some treatment options may include
- Hearing Tactics
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Hearing aids
- Onward referral to other departments or services
Other adult audiology services provided by our audiology team include BAHAS and tinnitus management.