Hearing Assessment Information

What to expect at your hearing assessment appointment

At this appointment you will be seen by an NHS Audiologist.  You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you.  You will be asked some questions about your general health as well as your current listening experience.

Please let the audiology team know prior to, or during your appointment if you have any specific communication needs, or if you would like our written information in a different format.

If you are taking regular medication it would be helpful if you could bring with you a list of these medications, as the Audiologist will ask you about this.

After a full history has been taken the Audiologist will examine your ears.  As long as your ears are clear and healthy then the hearing test will be completed.

After the test has been completed, the Audiologist will explain the hearing results to you.  If you are identified as having a hearing loss, the audiologist will explain why it has the impact it has on your daily activities and discuss what the options are for you.  

Dependant on the type of aid to be fitted to you, the Audiologist may or may not take an impression of your ear.  If this has to be done, it is a simple procedure, which involves gently syringing putty like material into the ear.  This will set, allowing a firm impression of the ear to be removed.

Lastly, if you are to return for a hearing aid fitting, the audiologist will arrange this with you before you go home.  This is usually 2-8 weeks from this first appointment.