Some people are born with hearing loss, but most cases develop as you get older. Hearing loss can be very gradual. If you’re over 50, we’d probably recommend a hearing check at least every two to three years, after all, most of us go to the dentist or optician every year for a checkup.
What happens at a Hearing Test?
Our fully trained audiologist talks about any difficulties you have with your hearing, and also get an understanding of your listening needs and expectations.
You’ll then wear some headphones and press a button when you hear a series of pure tones. The test helps to determine any hearing loss and the results are plotted on a chart called an audiogram.
The audiologist then explains your audiogram and how it affects your listening skills and hearing ability in different sound environments.
Do I need to buy anything?
The test is completely free, but if hearing instruments (aids) are recommended, we can make a prescription to suit your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
You can also try different hearing instruments tailored to your prescription so that you can witness for yourself the difference in hearing level and help you make a fully informed decision.
What’s the cause of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is the result of sound signals not reaching the brain. There are two main types:
- Hearing loss caused by damage to sensitive hair cells inside the ear or damage to the auditory nerve; sensorineural hearing loss usually occurs naturally with age or can be as a result of injury
- Hearing loss because of a blockage such as earwax or glue ear, from an ear infection, or because of a perforated eardrum. This conductive loss can also be because of a disorder to the hearing bones
It’s also possible to have both these types of hearing loss which is known as mixed hearing loss.