Initial Assessment Hearing Screening Test

What is a hearing screening test?

Our hearing consultant performs hearing screening tests to check your hearing. This will help us decide whether it is normal, if you would benefit from a hearing aid(s), or whether to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant for further investigation and treatment.

Preparing for a hearing screening test

Before your appointment, it is vital that you have your ears checked for any wax problems at your GP surgery. If your ears are blocked with wax when you arrive for your hearing screening test, your appointment may be cancelled and you will be referred back to your GP. This is because wax may prevent us from examining your ears properly and will affect the test results.

During your hearing test

The Audiologist will ask you for a brief history of your hearing problem. We will also ask about how your hearing problems are causing you difficulties. We will examine your ears before testing your hearing.

During the test, you will wear headphones and listen to a variety of pure tones of different frequencies. You’ll be asked to tell us when you hear each sound, usually by pressing a button. It’s very important that you respond to the quietest sound you can hear even if you are not sure, as some of them are very faint. We are measuring the quietest sound you can hear.

We may also need to carry out a middle ear pressure test. This only takes a few minutes, does not hurt and can give us information about your middle ear status.

Your hearing screening test results

Once the test is finished, the Audiologist will explain the results to you. There are three possible outcomes:

  • Your hearing is normal
  • You require onward referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant
  • You would benefit from a hearing aid

If a hearing aid  is required then you may choose whether you would like this fitted. The Audiologist is there to advise you and will take the appropriate action depending on your decision.