Here at South Coast Hearing Care I understand that hearing loss can be very isolating and choosing a hearing aid can be a very daunting experience. My aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible so we can reach a solution together.
What to expect at your initial assessment
Your initial assessment is your opportunity to tell me about your hearing problems, which situations cause you the greatest concern and how this makes you feel. I will take a detailed history of your hearing loss and of the health of your ears. I will then complete otoscopy (looking inside your ears) to check for the presence of ear wax. As wax can affect the results of a hearing test I would advise that you have your ears checked for wax by your practice nurse or GP before my visit. This will enable me to fully complete all of my tests and obtain accurate results.
Once these steps have been completed I can then move on to the actual hearing test. This is a simple (and most importantly painless!) procedure that involves a series of sounds being played to you through headphones and you responding when you hear those sounds. A full hearing test will take around 20 minutes to complete.
When the test is complete I will go through the results with you and answer any questions you may have. I will then bring together your hearing test results, hearing loss history and your individual needs and make my recommendations as to whether hearing aids would be suitable. If hearing aids are recommended I would talk you through the styles, prices and benefits of each so you can make an informed decision.
I would encourage you to have somebody with you to help with the decision making process.
All initial assessments, including hearing tests, are free of charge.