Our hearing checks explained

Hearing screening

Available in virtually all our branches, hearing screening is a quick and simple check that takes just 15-20 minutes to complete. In areas where Scrivens Hearing Care is able to provide free NHS hearing aids, this type of initial screening is also used to ascertain whether you may benefit from NHS hearing aids.

Hearing screening is carried out by a member of staff who will ask you to put on a set of headphones and listen for a series of beeps played at different volume levels. Once complete we’ll be able to tell you whether a more complete hearing health check by our Hearing Aid Audiologist is required, or if you are thinking about having NHS hearing aids, whether the results indicate that you should see your GP about getting referred to a local NHS hearing aid provider, such as Scrivens Hearing Care.

Full hearing health check

This is a comprehensive assessment carried out by our qualified Hearing Aid Audiologists, it takes approximately 45 minutes and is made up to of the following steps:

Step One: Initial discussion

Our Hearing Aid Audiologist will ask you 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 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 the ears, checking for any blockages or abnormalities of the ear drum and the ear canal. Should any conditions be discovered that are best addressed by your GP, our Hearing Aid Audiologist 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, our Hearing Aid Audiologist is 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 possible.

Step Four: Explanation of results

It is extremely important that you fully understand the results of your Full Hearing Health Check and any implications. Therefore, we ensure that we take the necessary time to explain the results at the end of the appointment. If your Full Hearing Health Check determines that a hearing loss is present, our Hearing Aid Audiologist will advise you of the most appropriate solution.