You may have your teeth and eyes checked regularly, but what about your ears?
It’s recommended that everyone over the age of 55 has a hearing test at least once a year – or more regularly if you feel your hearing as deteriorated.
What is hearing loss?
Before you delve into what a hearing test is and how it works, it’s important to know what hearing loss is, the different types and the signs and symptoms to watch out for.
Hearing loss affects approximately 11 million people in the UK – that’s one in six of us.
Some types of hearing loss occur when there is damage caused to the hair cells inside the ear. When healthy, these hair cells would help pass sounds from the outer ear, through to the eardrum to get passed to and processed in the brain. When the hair cells are damaged, they no longer work as they should and it becomes more difficult for the sound to pass through the ear. As a result, a loss of hearing occurs.
Types of hearing loss that are caused this way include;
- Noise-induced hearing loss
- Age related hearing loss
- Sensorineural hearing loss
Other types of hearing loss, including genetic, congenital and conductive hearing loss.
- Congenital hearing loss relates to hearing loss that is present at birth. This can be hereditary(Genetic hearing loss) or non-hereditary.
- Conductive hearing loss relates to when sound cannot pass freely through the ear.
The signs and symptoms can vary depending on age (noticing hearing loss in small children will be different to noticing it in older adults) and type of loss. Age related hearing loss is likely to be a gradual development over time, while noise-induced hearing loss has the potential to be sudden.
Do you need a Hearing Test?
Some signs to look out for include: -
- Having the television/ radio at a louder volume than previously.
- Struggling to hear a conversation in a loud environment.
- Asking others to repeat themselves, particularly when they are not facing you or speaking to you from another room.
Impact of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can have a huge impact on your life. Some of the consequences of leaving hearing loss untreated are;
- Depression and less social activity.
- Anxiety and insecurity.
- Emotional turmoil.
As well as these consequences, hearing loss is also linked to other health concerns, such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease and a higher risk of stroke. Having your hearing tested may prompt you to have a full health check to ensure all is well with your health.
Not only does a loss of hearing have an effect on you, your social activity and possibly your physical well being, it can also have an impact on your relationships with close friends and loved ones.
Benefits of getting Treatment
However, there are benefits to having your hearing tested and treated, such as;
- Better relationships with families, friends and loved ones.
- More confidence and independence.
- More social activity and participation.
- Improved overall mental well-being.
The Hearing Assessments
At angliEAR Hearing and Tinnitus Solutions we are able to provide the following Hearing Assessments.
We utilise the latest non-intrusive diagnostic equipment and our assessments include:
Audiometry – a hearing test performed under headphones or earphones to find the softest level at which sound can be heard. This is used to determine the level of any hearing loss that may be present.
Speech testing – We preform two different speech tests, one in quiet and one in noise. This is performed to see how clearly speech can be understood and is used to assess the potential benefits of fitting a hearing device. Testing is also performed in the presence of background noise to assess whether any additional features may be required in a hearing device to ensure optimal hearing in challenging listening situations such as a noisy restaurant or in a crowd.
Tympanometry – This test is performed to determine if the ear drum and/or middle ear may be involved in any hearing loss detected. We test for acoustic reflexes (your ears natural involuntary response to loud sounds as well as your auditory nerve that connects our cochlea to our brain), middle ear function (incl. the health of your ear drum) and Eustachian tube function (the tube that connects your middle ear to the back of your throat.) These additional tests will ensure that we can give the best advice on the most suitable hearing solutions and highlight any areas of potential concern your GP needs to be aware of.
Industrial hearing loss assessments: If you have worked in a noisy occupation your hearing loss may be at least partly due to workplace noise. We are able to assess your hearing and determine the percentage of hearing loss and advise you on any options that may be available to you. There is a charge for this test, please contact us for details.
Pre- and Post- employment hearing assessments: If you are starting a job in a noisy occupation or are leaving a similar job and require a hearing assessment we are able to perform this assessment for you. There is a charge for this test, please contact us for details.
Hearing aid adjustments: We utilise industry leading verification for all the hearing instruments we fit, including Live Speech Mapping. This ensures that the hearing instruments we supply are fit for purpose in the real world and not just in our clinic rooms. We do this by checking the hearing instrument is providing the correct amount of amplification across all the different sounds, which in turn leads to a better sound quality for the wearer. These verification methods have been developed together with the ‘National Acoustics Laboratories’ in Australia, recognised as the leading audiological laboratory in the world.
If you have purchased your hearing aids privately through a different provider and need an adjustment we are happy to do this for you. Please note that if you purchased your hearing aids overseas we may not have the software or cables required to perform an adjustment. We will always do our very best to source these but cannot guarantee that we can adjust an aid sourced from outside the UK. We are always happy to talk to you so please feel free to contact us first if you are in doubt.
Sympathy & Understanding
"angliEAR uses the most advanced modern technology to assess an individual’s hearing weakness in a variety of situations. Trevor Chapman then guides each patient through possible remedies with sympathy and understanding.Once a suitable aid has been identified, he arranges and introduction to its use in progressive stages until an optimum is reached.
There is no sales pressure. Costs are competitive – I made sure of that!"
Michael - Stapleford. CB22
5th October 2016
Thanking you for the professional service you gave me on my hearing problem, as you know that I had other professional advice on my Hearing problem, but you gave me the hearing aids and the professional service that I was very pleased with, and again thank you for that.
24 August 2016
“It is with great pleasure that I give this testimonial for Trevor who is an exceptional Audiologist in every way. He is a consummate professional, with a wide and detailed technical knowledge and understanding, he listens patiently and takes the necessary time to explain everything clearly to the client. Trevor has superb communication skills and is able to tune the hearing aid to deliver a perfect result. All this without even one gram of pressure selling."
8 September 2016
New World of Hearing
“I chanced upon angliEAR Hearing through an ad in the local paper. How lucky it was as I had no expectations at all. Then I met Trevor who really knew what he was about and carefully guided me through the process of of wearing hearing aids for the first time. There was never any feeling of being oversold and now I am ecstatic that I have taken the plunge and opened up a whole new world of hearing.
17 October 2016
Patient & Caring
"I have just finished trialling a Hearing aid, then purchasing them from Trevor at angliEAR Hearing. I can warmly recommend him as one of the most patient and caring audiologists.
He spent lots of time explaining my hearing loss, the type of hearing aids best suited for me, how to use them, care for them and over several appointments making sure I was happy with my hearing wearing the aids."
4 November 2016
Over 6 weeks of ear pain, headaches, ear blockage, hearing loss, tinnitus, not being able to think straight and having my sleep affected... And having been messed around and kept waiting by my GP surgery, all changed and alleviated by angliEAR Hearing today, in one day! I'm soooo grateful! I called this morning and spoke to Sarah the lovely receptionist, who was really understanding and supportive hearing my tale of woe. Thankfully Trevor managed to fit me in today and successfully remove the ear wax that was causing most of the problems. What a relief! And what a difference to be properly listened to and carefully and professionally treated, by caring, knowledgeable staff in a nice environment.
I'm going back next week for a hearing test and to see what can be done for my tinnitus.
I have no hesitation in recommending angliEAR Hearing for your ear troubles.
Thank you so much Trevor and Sarah for alleviating my suffering. Who knew ear wax could be so troublesome?!
And meeting Teddy (the gorgeous office Golden Retriever puppy) was a happy, welcome bonus! 🙂
Saheera - Ely. CB6
9 December 2016
Very professional and friendly staff
I called up on a Friday morning around 9:30, the staff had to leave early that day for a conference. However they said they would squeeze me in just before they closed for the day. I'd liked to say a massive thank you for the amazing service and treatment. From start to finish the service was faultless and everything was explained in great detail which was a great reassurance, dare i say far beyond anything I've experienced at a GP level.
Thanks guys and all the best for the future of your business.
Craig - St Ives. PE27
9 December 2016
I don't normally leave reviews - good or bad - but my experience today was exceptional. Thank you so much for your warm welcome - Teddy was an added bonus - the excellent service and the complete removal of my ear wax! I will be back next time it needs doing and you would also be my first port of call for any other hearing problems in the future. Thanks again.
Sue - Shelford. CB22
28 December 2016
Hearing aid has exceeded my expectations
I decided to visit angliEar because they had been recommended to me and when I read reviews on the internet they were all incredibly positive. I have suffered with hearing difficulties for some time and wanted to have clear and straightforward advice about the options. Trevor's qualifications were exemplary and he was very easy to talk to and was patient and dedicated to finding the best personal option for me. I saw him on a weekly basis for a month having been given a hearing aid to trial for this period free of charge. My daughter took me to every appointment and he was very accommodating and welcoming. The hearing aid has exceeded my expectations and I now even need to ask my daughter to speak more quietly! After the trial period I decided to go ahead with the purchase and I haven't looked back. I enjoy gatherings with numerous people and can hear everything they are saying even in a noisy setting. I have a strong family network so have not joined any local support groups but I know that Trevor is very involved with educating the local community. I would totally recommend angliEAR and wish Trevor and his team all the best for the future.
Judith - Sawston. CB22
27 March 2017
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