Hearing Test Beckenham

At Beckenham Hearing we believe it’s very important to have a hearing test if you are struggling to hear speech in noisy situations, especially if it’s taking the joy out of socialising. You can expect some wear and tear on your hearing from the age of 45 onward. One in three will have age related hearing loss known as presbycusis by the age of 65 and one out of two by the age of 75. This usually effects your higher frequencies, making people sound as if they are mumbling; giving you a lack of clarity no matter how loud they speak.

We will always carry out a comprehensive hearing test, this should not be mistaken for a quick hearing check offered for free by some less comprehensive providers.

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What can you expect at one of our comprehensive hearing tests

A comprehensive hearing test can take up to 1 ½ hours. We will start by talking to you about your lifestyle and how your hearing loss is effecting you, before establishing the listening environments you would like to improve upon, e.g. coffee shops, restaurants, meetings, or perhaps just the phone, television, or the radio at home.

Step 1 -Why Our Approach is Different

We take time to listen to you story to truly understand why you visited our clinic. Only when we understand this can we get to the root cause of your hearing struggles. We don’t just fit you with hearing aids, we use our experience to find the right solution for your individual needs and manage your expectations by providing you with the coping strategies to get the best from your chosen type of hearing aid devices.

We will give you the information to make an informed decision on the best solution for you. This is why it is important for us to understand your lifestyle and where you struggle, allowing us to help. We want you to be comfortable to ask as many questions you want to!

This takes time, which is why our appointments take up to an hour and a half .

Step 2 – We Perform Video Otoscopy

Using the most up-to-date technology allows us to test the physical condition of your outer, middle and inner ear.

Firstly an examination using a video otoscope will provide us with high resolution image inside your ear canal. This device is placed into your ear hole allowing us to check the condition of your ear canal as well as any ear wax blockages, or fluid behind your eardrum. The results will be visible on a screen for you to view and will be kept on your records.

Step 3 – We Perform Tympanometry.

We will check the condition of your middle ear by using tympanometry. This device uses air pressure to check that all the bones in your middle ear are working correctly and will also identify if you have any eustachian tube dysfunction, preventing you from equalising the pressure in your middle ear correctly.

This condition can cause a conductive hearing loss known as glue ear and can leave excess fluid in your middle ear cavity and feels similar to the dull hearing sensation felt on an aeroplane caused by the air pressure.

You will feel a gentle pressure for a short time, as if your ear is a little bit blocked and will help us build your hearing profile.

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Step 4 – We Perform Pure Tone Audiometry.

We will then check your hearing sensitivity using pure tone audiometry. This checks for the softest sounds you can hear across the human frequency range and will confirm if you have a hearing deficit and if so, to what degree.

By using a soundproof room and the very best diagnostic testing equipment we offer you peace of mind that your hearing loss has been diagnosed accurately and should you need hearing aids you will know that they have been fitted correctly to your hearing prescription.

What happens during a hearing test

Step 5 – We Perform A Speech In Noise Test.

We will then carry out a speech in noise test to confirm how well you can hear in noisy situations giving us a good indication of how well you would do in noise with good hearing aid intervention.

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Step 6 – We Will Summarise

Taking you lifestyle needs and hearing parameters into account will allow me to use my expertise and experience to recommend the most appropriate solution for you.

Ultimately you will decide what option to go for and sometimes this may need compromise e.g. if you would like most discrete/invisible device possible, this may mean that you loose the benefit of pairing the device to a mobile phone and/or you may need a device that sits over the ear if you would like the hassle free option of rechargeable hearing aids etc.

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We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have

Eden Park House,
531 Upper Elmers End Road,
Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley
BR3 3BF

Telephone: 020 8663 6187

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