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Hearing

Why should you have a hearing test?

Often hearing loss goes unnoticed to you, and it is others around you that notice first.

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions it’s time to book an appointment. A comprehensive assessment at Buchanan Audiologists will assess not just the functionality but also the health of your auditory system, providing solutions tailored to your particular needs. Sometimes a procedure as simple as wax removal can return your hearing to normal. However, for more complex needs we can advise you on some state of the art hearing aids to get you hearing well again and achieve easy listening without strain or struggle. 

Call now to book your appointment on 01732 617557

 

Why choose Buchanan Audiologists

Your comprehensive hearing assessment at Buchanan  Audiologists goes above and beyond most hearing tests, assessing not just the functionality but also the health of your auditory system, finding the type of hearing loss and therefore the best solution to any difficulties you may be having. Applying the same principles of expert care, technologically advanced procedures, and the very best product choice that we have always offered in eye care has seen us set up one of the most technologically advanced hearing centres in the U.K. We have partnered with Kent's leading Hearing Specialists Hearbase to provide this exceptional service. 

Every hearing assessment is carried out in our state of the art sound absorbing room for the most accurate assessment and includes:

Depending on the findings we offer wax removal, hearing aids, custom made noise reduction earplugs for the music industry, domestic and work use, sleeping ear plugs, pairing devices to make T.V, telephones, mobiles, computers and radios easier to hear

What causes hearing loss?

If your assessment reveals hearing loss it may be caused by a number of reasons including:

Hearing loss can affect anyone and often there is a simple solution to improving your hearing. The effects of hearing loss including social isolation and frustration may be obvious but did you know that hearing loss can also cause an earlier onset of dementia?

Audiologist 

Your hearing is one of your most precious senses and choosing your audiologist to look after you is key to ensuring your continued comfort and the best audibility. 

Our resident Audiologist Hannah Harris ensures your hearing assessment is a relaxed and informative experience, giving you a better understanding of your hearing needs and any solutions required. 

Hannah started her career in audiology in 2013 and trained at University in Cambridge, working alongside ENT consultants at private hospitals. Her experience is exemplary. She spends time with you to ascertain your problems and concerns and is always on hand to answer any questions you may have during or after your assessment. 

It may only be that you have excess wax in your ears that Hannah can remove, returning your hearing to normal, or perhaps you require hearing aids. The best way to check for this is by booking your comprehensive hearing assessment. Don't hesitate, call us now on 01732 617557.

 

Hearing Assessment

Your advanced hearing assessment at Buchanan Audiologists Hearing Centre is more comprehensive than most hearing tests; we don't just put you in the corner of a room with some headphones on. We have a unique custom-designed sound attenuated hearing room which ensures an accurate result of your audiology test. We check before every clinic that the sound attenuation in the room is below the recommended level. Your hearing assessment is designed to address your specific needs setting aside a generous 75 minutes, so you don't feel rushed. 

This is the ultimate way to ensure you get the best results.

Don't put off your appointment, book it today by calling 01732 617557.

At Buchanan Audiology hearing centre, we use the latest technologies to look after the health of your ears and also give you the best opportunity to achieve easy listening without strain or struggle. You will have time throughout your test with Hannah to discuss your concerns. She will spend up to 75 minutes assessing your hearing and recommending the best solution to your problem.

A hearing test is not only about assessing what you can hear, Hannah spends time carrying out otoscopy and video otoscopy assessing your entire outer ear including the health of your ear canal checking for any potential blockages or excessive wax, the health of your eardrum and assessing your pinna (the outside of your ear) checking for potential skin concerns.

Hannah will carry out a further assessment of the outer and middle ear using tympanometry. This test uses a small round dome, like an earpiece that creates slight variations of pressure within the ear canal assessing the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum. Tympanometry checks the middle ear function for any abnormalities which can be treated if required. We include this routinely in your hearing assessment (most hearing tests do not include this). This essential diagnostic test should be carried out to assist in a comprehensive evaluation of your ears.

 

Hannah will then carry out your hearing test using pure tone audiometry covering the full range from 250Hz to 8kHz. You will have both air conduction audiometry testing your hearing through the ear canal using headphones and bone conduction where which examines what you can hear using a headband that transmits the sound through your skull. This assists Hannah to diagnose if there is anything within the ear that could be blocking the noise getting to your inner ear.

Finally, Hannah completes your assessment with Speech audiometry which measures and scores your ability to hear and recognise words at different intensity levels. It is complementary to your pure tone audiometry evaluation. It is essential during hearing aid fitting and to assist in the diagnosis of certain potential conditions within your ear.


Should you require hearing aids, Hannah will spend the time with you to discuss your options and recommend the best solution to your hearing problem and lifestyle. Hearing aids nowadays are inconspicuous and can be equipped with a host of features such as Bluetooth linking to your phone or television. Being completely independent of any hearing aid manufacturer or national hearing aid supplier, means we have access to all the world’s leading hearing aid brands, giving you an almost unlimited choice in hearing technology.

 

My hearing seems fine. Why do I need a Hearing assessment?

In the same way, that eye tests are not just for those who require glasses, hearing assessments are not just to measure for hearing aids.  At Buchanan Audiologists we don’t just test what you can hear but also thoroughly asses the health of your ears using several sophisticated examinations.

Even if you do not require hearing aids, a comprehensive hearing assessment can check there are no anomalies with your auditory health and acts as a baseline for future reference. Hannah performs wax removal where necessary to keep your ears healthy and functioning to their optimum.

Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age and often there is a simple solution to improving your hearing. ‘Use it or lose it’ is a common phrase used in audiology. It may be surprising to know that treating even mild cases of hearing loss can be advantageous  If you don’t treat hearing loss early it can deteriorate at a quicker rate and it can be much harder to adjust to life with hearing aids once hearing loss is more severe. If the ears are not functioning well, the inner hair cells of your cochlea are not stimulated an appropriate level and deteriorate at a quicker rate.

Throughout life your brain becomes slower at interpreting sound and speech; therefore aiding hearing can stimulate healthy brain function. Research has shown that treating hearing loss can also delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Call now to book your appointment on 01732 617557