6th May 2015
Looking For A Hearing Test On The Isle Of Man?
What You Can Expect From the Hearing Test
There are many steps that are part of a hearing test and hearing aid evaluation that we undertake at Island Hearing. If you think that you may have a hearing loss or might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing test to confirm any hearing loss. The hearing test is non intrusive and usually takes around an hour to complete. The hearing test is broken down into different sections, each section is important and allows us to completely assess your hearing loss.
At the beginning of the hearing test we will take a case history, this allows us to determine how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. We will ask questions about when and how your sense of a hearing loss started,what are the problem areas you are experiencing, if there is ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and if you experience dizziness. We will also ask some basic questions about your general health history.
The Hearing Test on the Isle Of Man
The hearing test will be undertaken in a sound proof room or booth to ensure the best results. The hearing test itself can involve some or all of the following tests;
Pure tone testing (Audiometry)
Speech testing (Audiometry)
Visible Speech Mapping
Real Ear Measurements
Quick SIN (Speech in Noise Testing)
Not all of the tests may be undertaken, the need for each test is based on different findings or indications from the testing procedure as we go. The results from your hearing test will give us a clear understanding of your hearing ability. The answers about your daily life and perception of the impact of your hearing loss provide the basis for a more comprehensive understanding of your hearing loss and what type of technology may help you. Depending on the results of your test, you may be referred to an ENT Consultant if needed, this is a rare occurrence though.
Hearing Test Results
The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern, and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you are still able to hear.
Hearing Aid Benefit Assessment
If you are a suitable candidate for hearing aids, we will then move onto a hearing aid benefit assessment. During this test we use our fitting suite to fit a set of suitable hearing aids to your defined loss. We then use Real Ear Measurement (REM) to verify that the devices are delivering the amplification that you need. We will then undertake aided speech tests to ascertain the benefit delivered.
A Clear Explanation Of What You Can Do
With your full evaluation in hand, and if your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid will be recommended to you for one or both ears. We will explain clearly what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid can do to help you in your day to day life. We will always make sure that you are clear on what we propose, how we propose to deliver it and how you can be expected to benefit from it.
Hearing Aid Solutions
We will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. The final decision on which hearing aid is purchased is always your decision. Once you make a decision, we will move forward with fulfilling the order. We may take impressions of your ears if you selected a custom hearing aid or a behind-the-ear hearing aid that requires an earmould. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by us to meet your specific hearing needs. The process can take a couple of weeks.
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