Do you often struggle to hear conversations? Is the TV unclear - even if you turn it up? Are you picking up on day to day noises such as doorbells or the phone ringing?
1 in 7 people in the UK have some form of hearing loss but only 40% will act on this and it can take an average of 10 years before they do. The sooner you receive a hearing test, the sooner treatment can begin to overcome any hearing issues identified. Allowing your brain to access different sounds is key to keep it healthy. This helps to prevent conditions such as Dementia and Alzheimers.
For World Hearing Day, Dorothy Goodson our Audiologist and Audiology Training Supervisor at our Inverurie branch, tell us what you should expect during your hearing test:
“In as little as 30 minutes Duncan and Todd can provide a free hearing test - the test is simple, quick and nothing to be worried about!
Firstly, our audiologist will have a chat with you about your medical history and discuss any challenges or issues you may be experiencing.
After the initial chat, we’ll have a look at the health of your ears, we do this by looking in and around your ears with an auriscope, this is a medical magnification torch.
We’ll then give you a pair of headphones to wear and ask you to listen to a number of sounds at different volumes and pitches - It’s a very straightforward test to identify which sounds you can hear and find out which sounds you are struggling with.
Once the check up is complete - we’ll discuss the results of the hearing exam with you. You won’t need to wait for the results, they will be explained to you there and then. If any further action is required, such as wax removal or hearing aid requirements then we will fully explain your options and arrange the next steps. If hearing aids are required, we offer the latest hearing aid technology including Phonak hearing aids."
We now offer hearing checks in the majority of our branches across Scotland including Aberdeen, Dundee, Banff, Elgin, Ellon, Huntly, Westhill, Inverurie and Peterhead. For a full list of our branches and to book your free hearing test click here!