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If you’ve been affected by hearing loss, our range of hearing and audiology tests can assess and diagnose hearing issues and help you to manage your condition.
Audiology is a branch of healthcare that studies hearing and balance. Audiologists help prevent hearing loss by educating people about the effects of loud noise and providing a range of different audiology tests. They may also be able to treat anyone who already has issues with their hearing.
According to Hearing Link, one in six people in the UK is affected by hearing loss, so maintaining good hearing health should form an important part of your lifestyle.
You may have hearing loss if you:
Hearing loss can occur in one or both ears and can happen gradually, so you may not notice it at first.
There are two main types of hearing loss and it’s possible to suffer from both (known as mixed hearing loss).
This is caused by damage to the hair cells inside the inner ear, or damage to the hearing nerve, or both. You’ll find it more difficult to hear sounds and sound quality will be poor. This is permanent but can often be treated with hearing aids.
This is caused when sound is prevented from passing from your outer ear to your inner ear by a blockage such as ear wax. Sounds may become muffled and quieter. It can be a temporary or permanent condition.
Both types of hearing loss can result from:
The best way to find out if you have hearing loss is to arrange a hearing test in Kent, at our audiology clinic. Our Audiology department carries out a range of hearing and audiology tests, assessing hearing and balance function to produce diagnostic reports and make recommendations for treatment. They work closely with our ENT Consultants to ensure you receive prompt care and advice on managing conditions such as tinnitus and dizziness or ear wax build up.
A small probe is placed in your ear to spot or rule out fluid in your middle ear, a middle ear infection, a perforated eardrum or Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.
The device records how your eardrum moves in response to the air pressure in the ear canal. When the eardrum is activated by a sound wave, part of the sound is absorbed and sent through the middle ear, while the other part of the sound wave is reflected.
Tympanometry isn’t uncomfortable and shouldn’t cause any pain. You might notice the change in air pressure in your ear, but it’s very similar to the changes in cabin pressure that you’d experience on a plane.
This is carried out in a soundproof room. You’ll listen to different sounds through headphones and be asked to respond each time you hear something.
As with the hearing test, this is carried out in a sound-proof room with headphones, but you’ll respond to speech rather than sounds. Contact us to find out more about our hearing tests in Kent.
Find out the cost of an audiology test or examination from the audiology section of our pricing page. For more information, or to book your ear test, ask your GP to refer you or contact our Private Patient Team by completing our online form or by calling 01580 363158