Hearing Test (Consultation)

Our comprehensive diagnostic hearing test at our state-of-the-art audiology clinic in Leicester begins with a thorough medical history to provide an insight into the possible cause of your hearing loss. It also helps to identify any symptoms that may require a referral to your GP or an ENT specialist. We then explore with you your specific hearing concerns in depth to ascertain how it is affecting you in your day-to-day life.

Next, we will discuss and explain the anatomy and function(s) of the ear before assessing each part of your hearing pathway:

Outer Ear: Using the latest video oto-endoscope called ‘iCLEARscope®’, developed by Mr Raithatha himself, we examine and display on a monitor the health of your ear canal and eardrum and identify whether you have any infections, wax and foreign bodies obstructing the passage of sound. We can also provide a video clip of the ear examination for you to maintain as part of your personal health records.

Middle Ear: A pressure test using the Titan Diagnostic Tympanometer is used to evaluate your middle ear pressure, compliance and volume (tympanometry), in addition to assessing the patency of your Eustachian Tube (ET). This is vital to ensure sound is being transmitted efficiently through your eardrum and middle ear bones to the inner ear. We are also able to perform Acoustic Reflex Testing (ART) to ascertain the status and integrity of your auditory nerve, facial nerve, and stapedial muscle, if required.

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Inner Ear: A hearing test (PTA) in the UK’s first glass audiometric booth using the AURICAL AUD will determine the degree of hearing loss you have in each ear across the entire speech frequency range and confirm whether or not you have a conductive, mixed or a permanent sensorineural hearing loss. If you have a mixed or permanent sensorineural hearing loss, further testing will be performed:

  • Uncomfortable Loudness Levels (ULLs): This test provides measures of the loudest sounds that you can comfortably tolerate and any hypersensitivity to sound you may have. The results can be useful when setting the maximum sound level of a hearing aid to ensure it is never uncomfortably loud for you.
  • Modified FAAF Test: This test was developed Mr Raithatha himself and assesses both your ability to hear and identify speech clearly in the presence of various levels of background noise and the cognitive effort required in order for you to do so.. Alongside your specific hearing difficulties outlined in the case history, the results can be useful when exploring different hearing aid technologies that may assist you. This test is also sometimes used within a test battery in the diagnosis of Central Auditory Processing (CAP) disorders, which is a condition were people can still sometimes experience difficulties in processing speech in background despite having normal hearing test results.

After testing, the results of the assessment will be shared and explained to you. We will also provide you with a written hearing report summarising the findings of the hearing consultation. If you have a conductive or mixed hearing loss we will send a referral to your GP or an ENT specialist as the cause can sometimes be medically treated. If it cannot be treated or you have permanent sensorineural hearing loss, we will explore different digital hearing aids with you and perform a live hearing aid demonstration to include Real-ear measurements (REMs) where ever possible so you can experience first-hand how digital hearing aids can benefit you.