Our hearing checks explained

Coming to terms with hearing loss can be difficult but with the correct help and advice from our team of experts at Scrivens; better hearing is a reality for most people. If you think your ability to hear well has deteriorated over the past few years then a free hearing check is the best way to find out!

Scrivens Hearing Care recommends an annual hearing screening for anyone over 50 and every two years for anyone over 40. We offer two types of hearing check, a hearing screening and the more complete full hearing health check:

Hearing screening

We offer a hearing screening service to all our customers (over 18). It is a quick and simple check that will tell you whether or not you would benefit from a more thorough Hearing Assessment.

During the screening we will play you a series of sounds at various volumes and pitches to gauge your hearing levels. Your results will fall into one of three categories; green, amber or red.

A GREEN result means your hearing is within expected levels and that you should continue to monitor your hearing with regular hearing screenings.

An AMBER result means your hearing is not quite where it should be so if you have noticed any difficulties or you are missing anything day-to-day, we would recommend you book a Hearing Assessment with one of our Hearing Aid Audiologists.

A RED result means that your hearing is significantly reduced and we would strongly recommend you have a thorough Hearing Assessment with one of our Hearing Aid Audiologists

Full hearing health check

This is a comprehensive assessment carried out by one of our qualified Hearing Aid Audiologists (HAA), 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 your 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, your HAA 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. 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 solutions for you.