Understanding Hearing Loss
Here in the UK, an estimated 4.2 million people suffer from a degree of hearing loss - which means that either directly or indirectly each of us is affected.

Hearing usually deteriorates very gradually, so you may not even be aware of the problem, often, others notice it's effect before the individual does. For an example, asking people to repeat themselves, or turning up the volume on the TV.

The solution may be hearing aids. However, many people with a suspected hearing problem resist help because of the stigma wrongfully attached to hearing aids. But with the latest styles and technology that is available today hearing aids can be virtually invisible, and so crammed with technology that no one will ever know you are wearing one.

Do I Need A Hearing Aid?
For most people hearing loss occurs gradually, so you may not notice the signs right away. Do you identify with any of the following?

If so, it may well be that you have some degree of hearing loss. Why not do something about it today and book an appointment with our fully HAC-registered (Hearing Aid Council) hearing aid audiologists to find out more about your hearing health.

What Happens During a Test?
The hearing test procedure is very straightforward. First we establish some background information regarding any hearing problems you may be having; then we conduct a thorough examination of your ears – looking at the condition of the outside part of the ear and also the ear canal and eardrum.
If all is satisfactory, we test your hearing using the British Society of Audiology standards. Earphones are placed over each of your ears; you are played sounds and asked to respond when you hear them by pressing a button. We plot your results on a graph – called an audiogram – and explain the results to you in an understandable manner, answering any questions you may have.
The next stage is to make sure that we can satisfy your needs and tailor your choice of hearing aid to your individual hearing loss. Once we have assessed the type and degree of your hearing loss, our audiology staff will help you to make a decision on a suitable instrument. You will be given helpful advice on the range of digital hearing aids that are available to you: there are different sizes and technologies designed to suit your type of hearing loss, your needs and your budget. Silicon ear impressions are taken of your ears and your instrument is manufactured.
We then invite you back for a fitting session, at which time we will explain to you how to get the best from your hearing aid and discuss practical issues like inserting and removing your aid, changing its batteries and keeping it clean.

Who Tests Me?
Fully qualified hearing aid audiologists carry out all tests. All our staff receive regular training and all audiologists keep up-to-date with the latest advances in audiology and hearing technology, as well as current trends in audiology and the best ways to look after clients to help them have better hearing.

All our dispensers are fully qualified and are members of Health Professionals Council HPC As part of membership of these bodies, our staff are subject to a system of Continuing Professional Development (CDP), meaning we are constantly up-to-date in all areas of our profession.


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