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Guide to a hearing test by Manchester Fort store

14 March, 2016

When might you need a hearing test?

If you, your doctor or someone in your family have noticed that there seem to be an issue with your hearing you may need to book an appointment to see an audiologist to have a hearing test. Its recommended that your hearing is checked once every year as if problems with hearing are not treated in good time, then they can sometimes get worse.

What’s involved in a hearing test?

To carry out a hearing test, we use an instrument called a video otoscope. This allows us to see inside the ear so we can to look for any irregularities, which will help us to determine what the problem could be. This also means that the customer can see inside their own drum, often for the first time ever. A check inside of the ear When we look inside someone’s ear, we are usually investigating any problems which might be affecting the person’s hearing. This includes discharge or excess fluid in the ear, a bulging eardrum, a retracted eardrum or a perforated eardrum. If any of those symptoms are present, then we would look to carry out appropriate treatment to avoid further damage.

Testing what sounds can and can’t be heard

The audiologist will also perform a tone audiometry (PTA) test to test the hearing of both ears. During PTA, a machine called an audiometer is used to produce sounds at various volumes and frequencies (pitches). Soundproof booth to ensure optimum accuracy To take part in a PTA test, you will be asked to sit inside a soundproof booth which will stop any interference from external noises. You will then be asked to listen to a range of sounds through headphones, indicating that you have heard something by pressing a button.

Results are plotted on an audiogram

The results of the hearing test are then plotted on a graph called an audiogram. An audiogram is used to record the measurements of different volumes and frequencies (pitches) of sounds that you are able to hear. As well as showing a comparison between your ears, an audiogram can help to determine what type of hearing loss you have, if any. The audiologist will show you this graph and talk you through what the results mean and what sort of treatment might be needed.

Today’s digital hearing aids stay hidden and are very accurate

The good news is that today’s digital hearing aids work more effectively than ever and some are so small that people can't even tell you’re wearing them. And as modern hearing aids work with our residual hearing, the sooner you take action the better the results will be. The technology and staff expertise we have available at Specsavers Manchester Fort Shopping Park means we are able to give the best care and service possible, which is something the team here are really proud of. The service is available seven days a week. Our hearcare services also extend into the community – we also run hearcare clinics at Specsavers stores and NHS health centres across the local area, which helps to make life easier for our customers as they have a range of locations to go to in order to recieve hearcare. 

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