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FULL HEARING TESTS 

A chuckling child, your favourite Netflix box-set, a chat with a friend, birds tweeting! Sound brings dimension to your life.

Cardiff Hearing are here to  help you and your family hear better to get the most from everyday living. Everything we do centres on that goal, from the team we employ, our insights and expertise, our hearing tests, the hearing aid manufacturers we choose and how we professionally fit your hearing aids, if you need one.

 

It all begins with a hearing assessment and a chat about your lifestyle, wishes and choices.

 

So, What Happens in A Hearing Test?

On your arrival for your hearing exam, you will be greeted and asked you to complete some basic paperwork, such as recording your personal details and medical history.

When your hearing test begins, we will look at critical personal information with you and ask you to answer a couple of straightforward questions to understand the kinds of environments where you are most likely experiencing  hearing loss or hearing challenges.

Then, we examine your ears with a medical device called an Otoscope. This is a special instrument to observe the ear canal and eardrum, and/or carry out one of the following examinations:

Audiometric Test

During the course of this hearing test, you will be evaluated using a sequence of high and low frequency tones to ascertain your ability to understand verbiage, the way in which something is expressed, within a short distance, as in a conversation. We may ask you to complete a test to understand how well you hear speech in noise. The results will help us verify your percentage of hearing loss, your capability to comprehend speech and whether hearing aids can help you.

Tympanometry Test

In simplistic terms, tympanometry is a hearing test that evaluates the function and movement of the eardrum and middle ear. The test is brief and pain-free.

A hearing exam will allow us to ascertain:

  • Whether you have hearing loss

  • The potential reasons for hearing loss

  • The extent and type of hearing loss and whether it is in one or both ears

  • The best treatment choices

 

Hearing tests with Sonja has no restriction on time

It's important we get this right, and so if you need 2 hours, that's exactly what you'll get (and maybe a chocolate biscuit and a cuppa to break it up). A consultation will include: 

 

  1. A full medical history

  2. Thorough otoscopic examination - to understand ear health 

  3. Tympanometry - this measures middle ear function and can help diagnose problems with the ear drum or the tiny bones behind it

  4. Full Diagnostic Audiometry 

  5. Your own copy of the results to take away

  6. A bepoke hearing care action plan including no obligation recommendation of best hearing instruments for you if clinically necessary

  7.  Ear Wax removal if necessary

  8. Informational counselling

 

The cost is £60, however, if hearing devices are purchased, this is deducted from their price. You may see other clinicians providing free hearing consultations; I am a clinical Audiologist, not just a Hearing Aid Dispenser, and so my consultation may take longer than you will get on the high street, it will also be holistic, thinking beyond the two ears and I will only recommend hearing aids if necessary and by paying for my time, if you decide you would like to be referred to the NHS or see someone else for your hearing aids, that is absolutely OK - there is no pressure to buy with me. 

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