Audiology

Description of the Hearing Test

Firstly, the Audiologist will use an Otoscope to perform a visual inspection of the ear in order to detect any abnormalities.

The examination will look at the outer ear and ear canal to check for signs of foreign bodies, wax, inflammation, growths and discharge and the health of the ear drum.

The next phase of the examination is the main hearing test, which enables the Audiologist to determine the nature of your hearing loss. This is conducted within the comfort of your own home.

Once the test is completed and you have provided the Audiologist with the details of your everyday life, then he will be able to determine the best course of action, e.g. hearing aids, implants or some other treatment.

Hearing loss can often be remedied if the hearing-impaired person receives the right type of treatment or the correct hearing aids.  If a hearing aid is recommended, the Audiologist will then take an impression of your ear and ear canal. This is a vitally important part of the hearing aid fitting procedure and can make the difference between success and failure.

If you wear spectacles or earrings normally, then these should not be removed for this procedure.

Why Choose us?

Excellence Need Not Cost The Earth

In order that you receive value for money, we aim to:

  • Carry out thorough and Professional Hearing tests, FREE, and in the comfort of your own home.
  • Offer examinations which are carried out by fully qualified Audiologists, registered with the HAC (Hearing Aid Council).
  • Advise you, only on appropriate hearing aids that you would require.
  • Provide comprehensive maintenance, repair and re-programming on existing aids.
  • Ensure that all services and aids are competitively priced.
  • Guarantee regular and responsive aftercare.
  • Offer initial wax assessment clinics.

Aftercare

Community Care Opticians provide a comprehensive aftercare service, to ensure that you are receiving the optimum benefit of the hearing aids.
We have a no quibble 30 day money back guarantee and 12 months aftercare service with all our hearing aids.

Hearing Aids

Analogue or Digital

Two different ways of processing sound. Most modern hearing aids are now digital, offering precise and automatic adjustment to suit your hearing loss.

Behind The Ear (BTE) or In The Ear (ITE)

BTE aids have the working parts outside your ear, ITE aids have all the parts built into a mould that fits in your ear.

Channels

These are bands of sound which require amplification depending on individual hearing loss. The overall performance of the aid is improved the more channels it can correct.

Programmes

These allow you to adjust your aid depending on the environment and how you want to use your aid. For example, in a public and noisy place you could set it to focus only on those close to you.

Loop (Telecoil) Compatible

This setting allows you to listen to specific things (TV or Telephone for example) and allows these sounds to be amplified without increasing background noise.

Background Noise Management

The aid reduces background noise such as the rumble of traffic or the whir of a fan.

Feedback Management

Many digital aids have automatic detection systems which automatically reduce the whistling which bothers many hearing aid wearers.

Directional Microphone

These amplify sound that comes from in front of you and reduce sound from behind and from the side of you.