Arrange a free hearing test with Specsavers
Here at Specsavers, we know that hearing can deteriorate over time. That’s why we provide free hearing tests with registered hearing aid audiologists.
Our specialists are welcoming and professional and will do all they can to make you feel at ease. They’ll enquire about your general health and lifestyle and will give you the chance to mention any hearing problems you’ve had. Remember, one in seven adults in the UK experiences some degree of hearing loss, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed about your symptoms.
What happens at a hearing test?
Once your medical history is clear, the hearing aid audiologist will gently inspect your outer ear on both sides to make sure there’s no sign of wax, infection or damage. If everything’s ok, you’ll then be given a pair of headphones and will be asked to push a button when you hear a sound. The noises played will be varied and will help the examiner determine how well you can hear.
The hearing specialist might then test the functionality of your ears using a different set of headphones and will create a detailed report of your hearing. They’ll see if the sensitive, hair-like cells inside your ears are working and will normally print off the results. At the end of the tests you’ll be taken through all results and any issues will be discussed with you.
Hearing aids, what are the options?
If your hearing is slightly damaged, you may be required to wear a hearing device – but there’s no need to fear. We offer a range of state-of-the art hearing aids and will help you find a product that suits your way of life. Open ear devices are ideal for new users, whereas, in ear alternatives are great for those with a little more experience. There’s no right or wrong option, but it’s important to find a hearing aid that fits into your day-to-day routine with ease.
If you opt for a model that sits behind the ear, your device will be ordered and fitted upon its return. If you choose one that nestles completely inside the ear, a soft safety block will be placed in the ear canal and a mould will be taken. This will be sent off to the lab for construction and will return a few weeks later – so don’t forget to pop back for a fitting. Follow up appointments are usually pretty straight forward, so there’s no need to worry.
Hearing can get worse gradually, so it’s essential to have regular check-ups – particularly if you’re over 50. Simply find your nearest store by doing a search online and make an appointment today – before you forget.