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Hearing Tests at Home - What to expect from a hearing test at home

Home Visits for Hearing Tests

Published on 08/05/2020

Conveniently in the comfort of your own home

You might have many questions in relation to our home hearing tests.  Some of them might be, 'What should I expect from a hearing test at home?', 'Are hearing tests accurate?', 'What is an audiogram?' or maybe you might be questioning the current online hearing tests and if they give you an accurate result?  Whatever you are unsure about, we hope this article will help you to understand how our home hearing tests work and whether it is a service you might benefit from.

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Our home hearing tests

Our home hearing tests are a free and convenient way to receive excellent customer hearing healthcare at a time that suits you and your lifestyle - from a company that you can trust.  All our audiologists will offer support, advice, hearing solutions that are as unique as your hearing loss and plan your future care.  Our main purpose is that we help you to hear better, live better and gain from a greater quality of life.

Hearing Aid UK can provide you with a home hearing test that is not only professional and thorough but carried out using computerised equipment comprising of the latest technology.  This way you always gain from an accurate audiogram, which will result in the most beneficial hearing aids for you and your lifestyle.  

Home hearing tests for the elderly

Either at home or in assisted living accommodation - We can come to you

People often wonder what causes hearing loss in old age.  As we get older the tiny hair cells in the inner ear deteriorate, changing the way we hear and process sound.  However, other causes could be:

Our hearing tests for the elderly at home are generally carried out the same way as any other.  The only difference is that you might want a member of your family or a friend to be there for support or to help relay personal information, take in audiology information or make future decisions.  Another important note is if you live in assisted living accommodation, you would need to let the management of the facility aware of the visit.  Other than that it is the same process as any other home hearing test.

Common questions about at home & online hearing tests

Are at-home hearing tests accurate?

Quite a lot of people we speak to think that home hearing tests or audiograms are not as accurate as the ones operated in clinics.  In short, this is not true.  In fact, it is the most realistic place to record your hearing ability, as it's in your own environment with the sounds you hear and acknowledge every day.  It is also the best atmosphere to program your hearing aids in, as this is naturally the place where you will spend most of your time in.

Our audiologists take all their professional equipment they use in their own practices.  Equipment that is both professional and accurate, resulting in the right hearing loss diagnosis and hearing solution for your wants and needs.  Find out more information on audiograms here.

Are on-line hearing tests accurate?

During the last two years, online hearing tests have become more popular.  They are not accurate or a professional evaluation of your hearing, but they can give you a basic overview of your current hearing state.  This also means that they are incapable of providing a medical or audiological diagnosis or even the cause of any hearing loss. 

This is what an audiogram or hearing test with your audiologist would read and evaluate precisely.  To put it simply, an audiogram is a graph that shows the results of your hearing limitations and capabilities by completing a series of tests.  It is still the most accurate way of analysing your hearing capabilities and, if needed, help find the most beneficial hearing solution.

What to expect from a hearing test at home

& What is an audiogram?

Before your ear examination, the audiologist will firstly ask you a series of questions to better understand your current health, family medical history and any specific worries and problems with your hearing.  The amount of information given is paramount to the way in which they can help you and determine the right hearing solution for you.  Remember that everything discussed is completely confidential.

The audiologist will begin examining your inner ear canal and outer ear with an otoscope, which visibly shows the general health of your ear and if anything might be obstructing your hearing - like earwax.  Then your hearing test (or audiogram) will begin.  The audiometer will be used to record various measurements that display your current level of hearing.  These recordings will discover whether you have a hearing loss and ultimately diagnose the best hearing solution for your loss, helps to address any issues and will assist any future audiology plans.  Or you may need to be referred to an ENT specialist or GP for other treatment and examinations.

The audiogram may seem a little overcomplicated at first, but your audiologist will go through every step and explain why each step is necessary - so you will always be in the know and aware of the process as and when it is happening.

If a hearing aid is needed your audiologist will go through all the hearing devices that would be beneficial for your hearing loss, lifestyle, budget, dexterity needs, technical needs and connectivity required.

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This article was written by Paul Harrison

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Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

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