Audiology

A hearing test provides a measurement of the sensitivity of a person’s hearing across the full range of speech.

A hearing test provides a measurement of the sensitivity of a person’s hearing across the full range of speech. The test will measure the quietest sound that can be heard several points across the speech range – this hearing test is termed an audiogram.

Your audiologist at North West Independent Hospital will want to have a look into your ears to ensure there is no blockage (wax) or any reason the hearing test cannot be performed. A brief history of your hearing will be required and when you noticed problems, such as when did they occur, was it  gradually or suddenly, have you had any infections or injury that may have caused the hearing difficulties and the problems you have had to deal with.

Our audiologist will then want to test your hearing by performing an audiogram. The test will take about 20-30 minutes. You will be played a series of sounds through headphones and be asked to respond in some way that you have heard the sound normally by pressing a button every time no matter how quiet or faint.

This is done in one ear and then the other, as the results can be different. Depending on the result there may be other tests required, but this will be explained at the time.

Our audiologist will measure your hearing in two key ways;

  • volume or level – measured in decibels (dB)
  • pitch or frequency (whether it’s high or low) – measured in hertz (Hz)

 

Your audiologist will probably refer to these two things when they explain the results of your test to you. If you do want to a copy of the test, it’s best to ask on the day.

Audiology

In order to see one of our audiologists you must be referred by a North West Independent Hospital ENT consultant and be 4 years and older. Your results will be forwarded to your referring consultant and a review appointment will be arranged to discuss the results and recommend and necessary treatment.