Specsavers free hearing tests make it easy to keep track of your hearing health. We’ll test your hearing for free to find out how well you can hear and suggest the best solution for you – and you can trust us to recommend only what you need. We’ll also keep in touch with you every 18 months to two years for a hearing check to make sure everything’s all right. We’re right here when you need us, so if you’re worried about your hearing, just pop into a store.

Who qualifies for a free hearing test?

Hearing tests at Specsavers are free of charge for everyone. If you believe you are having difficulties with your hearing or if you need a check-up, we can give you a comprehensive hearing assessment, discuss your options with you if you have hearing loss issues, and importantly — there’s no obligation for you to buy a hearing aid. Specsavers currently only offers hearing tests for adults aged 18 and over.

How to book your free hearing test

1. Find your nearest participating store

2a. Book online

2b. Or call the store today

Should I have a hearing test?

It’s worth having your hearing checked if you notice a change in your hearing, no matter your age. More often than not, hearing loss happens gradually, so it’s not always easy to notice if you’re not hearing as well as you used to. However, there are a few signs you can look out for that indicate you might need a hearing test.

What happens in a hearing test?

A free hearing test at Specsavers allows you to find out how well you’re hearing, as well as assessing the health of your ears. During a hearing test your audiologist will: 

  • Check the overall health of your ears 
  • Perform a hearing test 
  • Advise on aftercare and next steps depending on the outcome of the check 

Checking the overall health of your ears

After asking a few introductory questions about your history and current symptoms, the audiologist will use a small camera to examine the health of your ear canals and ear drums. This will ensure that sound has a clear pathway through the middle ear and inner ear. They may even be able to show you what they are seeing

What is an audiologist?

At Specsavers, hearing tests are completely free with no obligation to purchase a hearing aid.

What if I need hearing aids?

If your test results indicate you’d benefit from a hearing aid, the audiologist will talk you through all the options that might be suitable for you. They may also take a mould of your ear canal so that your new aid fits properly. This can take up to five minutes and is completely painless. 

In some cases, your hearing aids can be fitted on the same day as your test. They’ll be programmed to your needs and we’ll make sure you know how to use them before you leave the store. We’ll also organise a follow-up appointment after four weeks to check that everything is well and adjust the hearing aids if necessary. This may be via our RemoteCare service or with the fine-tuning app. Your audiologist will explain all the details during your initial appointment.

Free hearing services with NHS hearing aids

We are accredited by the NHS to provide hearing services in over half of England. If you qualify for free NHS-funded hearing aids, you can get a hearing test, two digital hearing aids and full aftercare, free at Specsavers.

Why you shouldn't be embarrassed to book a hearing test

Whether you think you may have a problem with your hearing or not, there is a chance you can still benefit in some way from a hearing test. However, booking and attending your hearing test might worry about what it says about you—whether it’s a sign you’re ageing, or some may be embarrassed by the prospect of wearing a hearing aid, we understand that booking a hearing test can be difficult for anyone. At Specsavers, we support people’s health and well-being in the best way possible by getting to know your day-to-day challenges and how we can help to get the best possible outcome out of the test. 

The earlier you intervene, the better your chances are of managing and improving your hearing successfully. At Specsavers, the devices we fit can connect and be controlled by your phone, or even link to your appliances are home. The variation in devices we now offer can support people in many different situations – and can be tailored depending on your lifestyle. There is nothing scary about a hearing test, and the improvement to your quality of life will be significant if you access the service.

Advice for younger people regarding their ear health

A concern for audiologists is the dependency we have on headphones and earbuds; and the volume and length of time that we use them. We not only listen to music with them, but we also use them for phone calls, podcasts, and more. The high volume and sound pressure in the ear – especially if it’s above an 80 dB level – shortens the safe time you can wear them before you cause long-term hearing damage. 


How long does a hearing test take?

Your first hearing test appointment can take up to an hour. During this time your audiology professional will spend time understanding your concerns, they will test your hearing and then discuss potential next steps with you. 

If you’ve had your hearing tested with Specsavers previously and are coming in for a recheck of your hearing, your appointment can take up to 45 minutes.

How often should I have a hearing test?

If you notice a sudden or gradual change in your hearing, it’s important to have your hearing checked as soon as possible, no matter your age. As far as keeping up your hearing appointments, we recommend having a hearing test every year if you’re over 50, or every two years if you’re under 40.

How much does a hearing test cost?

If you believe you are having difficulties with your hearing, hearing tests at Specsavers are free of charge. We can give you a comprehensive hearing assessment, discuss your options with you if you have hearing loss, and there’s no obligation for you to buy a hearing aid. 

Terms and conditions: A comprehensive hearing assessment by one of our qualified hearing professionals, free. No obligation to buy a hearing aid.

How old do you have to be for a hearing test?

Specsavers currently only offer hearing tests for adults aged 18 and over. If you’re concerned about your child’s hearing, you can find out more about children’s hearing tests here. 

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​Terms and conditions

A hearing test or hearing check by one of our qualified hearing professionals is free. No obligation to buy a hearing aid. A hearing assessment may be chargeable. Ask in store for details.