If you are worried about your hearing, or the hearing of someone you know, it is important to speak to an Audiologist.
You can get an idea of whether your hearing is deteriorating by taking an online hearing test or a telephone hearing check, such as those offered by Action on Hearing Loss
, an independent provider of specialist audiology services.
If you are not reassured by your online hearing test, it is important to make an appointment to see an Audiologist as soon as you can. One good tip before you do that though is to see your GP so that they can check your ears for wax. A heavy build up of tough ear wax can be part of the problem and, in any case, will make your hearing tests results unreliable.
Seeing your Audiologist – what to expect
An Audiologist is a health professional who specialises in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Infants and children are generally seen by a specialist Paediatric Audiologist.
Your first meeting
The first thing
your audiologist will do in your initial appointment is to take a full
case history from you. This involves asking a lot of questions to give
him or her a full picture of your general health, medical background and
your hearing. It is important for an audiologist to understand how and
when your hearing problems began and the impact they are having on your
You will then have a series of tests to assess the full extent of your hearing loss.