We provide a professional Audiology and Hearing Aid Service within our practice and provide a full, comprehensive, professional hearing health care assessment.
As we get older, our ability to hear begins to change. This change in hearing is a gradual process and it takes time for people to become aware of the impact it has on their lives and their loved ones. Especially as it is often the case that someone may struggle to hear certain sounds, but are still able to hear others perfectly well.
Some of these situations will be familiar to someone having difficulty with their hearing:
- Other people tend to mumble when speaking
- Being told that the television is turned up too loud
- Group conversations are difficult to follow
- Telephone conversations are difficult to follow
- Having to ask people to repeat themselves
- Hearing is difficult when there is a lot of background noise, such as on a busy street.
Coming to terms with these changes in your hearing can be a daunting experience, but with the correct help and advice, better hearing is something many people can enjoy.
What to expect from our hearing tests
The Full Audiology Hearing Health Examination will take approximately 45-60 minutes in our purpose built facility and is made up of four steps:
Step One: Initial discussion
The Audiologist at Silver &Rose Opticians &Audiology will ask about your medical history, as well as your lifestyle and occupation. You will be asked about any hearing difficulties you may be experiencing if you have worn any hearing aids before and in what specific situations you would like to hear better.
Step Two: Checking the health of the ears (Otoscopy)
An instrument called an Otoscope is used to look inside your jears, checking for any blockages or abnormalities of the eardrum and the ear canal. Should any conditions be discovered that are best addressed by your Doctor or a consultant we will refer you for further investigation.
Step Three: Checking the level of hearing (Audiometry)
A computerised audiometer is used to establish how well you can hear. By playing different tones at a set range of frequencies and volumes, we are able to determine your level of hearing. Should the results require it, we will also fit a hearing aid at this point, to demonstrate the improvements to your hearing that are obtainable with modern technology.
Step Four: Explanation of results
It is extremely important that you fully understand the results of your comprehensive audiology examination and any implications. Therefore, we ensure that we take the necessary time to explain the results at the end of the appointment in an un-rushed comfortable environment. If your full Audiology health check for your hearing determines that a hearing loss is present, we will advise you of the most appropriate solution.
Our ability to hear can change for a number of reasons. It may be as simple as excessive ear wax or an infection, both of which can be easily treated. A long term change in hearing may be due to a number of factors, including:
Age-related hearing loss
This is the most common form of hearing loss and affects as many as 50% of people over the age of 60.
Prolonged and repeated exposure to noise can damage hearing. This may be caused by working in a noisy environment or taking part in certain activities such as DIY, attending concerts and listening to personal music players.
Receiver in Canal – RIC
One of the most popular styles, they are small, discreet and come in a range of designs and colours, including ones that can match your skin tone. The body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear, while the speaker sits in the ear canal, making for a smoother, sharper, more natural sound. They are suitable for all levels of hearing loss, from mild to severe.
Completely in Canal – CIC
The most discreet hearing aids available, the entire hearing aid sits inside your ear canal, making it all but invisible. They use custom-made moulds of the inside of your ear, making them extremely comfortable and secure. They are best suited to people with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the Canal – ITC
Slightly larger than a CIC hearing aid, they are only visible to others looking at you from the side and are matched to your skin tone to help them blend in. A custom-made mould is used so the ITCs are extremely comfortable and secure. They are best suited to people with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the Ear – ITE
These hearing aids sit in the shell of the ear rather than the canal. They come in colours that blend in with your natural skin tone, and use a custom-made mould giving greater comfort and security. They are best suited to people with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
Behind the Ear – BTE
The best known style of hearing aid, they sit behind the ear. The sound is transmitted down a tube that connects to a custom-made mould inside the ear. This design means it can provide a lot of power and handles moderate to severe hearing losses with ease, and is even suitable for people with a profound hearing loss.
We will be able to give you advice on the best fit and style to suit the changes in your hearing and your lifestyle.
Deciding to improve your hearing with the latest hearing aid technology is the beginning rather than the end of your relationship with us.
Rehabilitation is a vital part of the process, as adjusting to the new and different sounds you are hearing may take time. When you first fitted with your hearing aids you may need to gradually build up the amount of time you wear them.
This is where our expert help and advice is essential.
You will be invited back to see us after a period of adaption.
We may want to fine tune or adapt the fit of your new aids if necessary
This adaptation period is perfectly normal.
Our objective is to obtain the best level of comfort and hearing that’s available to you.
Many of our patients appreciate the benefits of modern technology hearing devices. Like many areas of technology, Audiology is no exception in its advancement in providing more natural sound and cutting out background noises. Take sound advice from Silver and Rose Opticians and Audiology.
We are an independent practice that provides a full comprehensive non NHS Audiology service bringing you the latest and most advanced hearing technology available
At Silver and Rose Opticians and Audiology, you will receive an aftercare service that ensures you get the best out of your hearing aids. Changes in your hearing don’t have to mean changes in your lifestyle!