Hearing tests at home

One of our fully registered and experienced hearing care specialists will see you in the comfort of your home for a comprehensive hearing assessment, using the latest portable diagnostic equipment.  They will also explain your results and recommend suitable hearing aids for you based on your results, the shape of your ear, your lifestyle, and your budget.

HEARING TEST CAN NOW BE DONE ONLINE OR AT YOUR HOME

If you, or someone you know needs our support, please phone us on

0800 080 6095 or email us on info@homesightonline.co.uk

Contact us to book an appointment

    FREE ONLINE HEARING SCREENING

    If you are unsure whether you have a hearing loss, why not test your hearing for free online! You can do the test as many times as you like, and you will receive the result immediately after the test.  All you need is your computer or smartphone and a pair of earphones or air pods.

    Keep in mind that this is a screening test and cannot replace a comprehensive hearing assessment and does not constitute a medical diagnosis.

    Should the online test indicate that you have a hearing loss, we would love to see you for an appointment and a comprehensive hearing test. This can be done in the comfort of your own home where we will do a comprehensive hearing test and take the time to discuss your hearing health and any questions or concerns.

    Homesight – bringing hearing home!

    Once you have booked your appointment one of our hearing care spesialist will visit you at your home to address all of your hearing needs.  They will bring all of the neccesary equipment to a comprehensive hearing assessment, using the latest portable diagnostic equipment.

    This will start with a visual inspection, and should you have earwax, this will need to be addressed first.

    The hearing test is performed using headphones with a series of tones varying in pitch and loudness to determine the type and severity of hearing loss.  The result is captured on graph called an audiogram.

    The audiologist will explain your results and recommend suitable hearing aids for you based on your results and consider the shape of your ear, your lifestyle, and your budget.  We work with a variety of hearing aid companies to ensure the best fit for your needs.

    Fitting and aftercare of your hearing aid will also be done at your home.

    DO YOU SUFFER FROM WAX BUILD UP?

    Your ability to hear can also be affected temporarily by a build-up of ear wax. It this is the main cause, then your hearing can be restored by simply removing the wax.

    1. Feeling of fullness in the ear that might have worsened over time of appeared suddenly?
    2. Difficulty hearing?
    3. Have a ringing or buzzing in the ear/s?
    4. Suffer from pain, itchiness, or discomfort in your ear/s?
    5. Discharge or odor coming from your ear/s?

    Contact us to schedule an appointment in the comfort of your own home if think you need to have wax removed.

    Facts about hearing

    • Roughly 1 in 6 people in the UK do not hear as well as they should.
    • Hearing loss generally develops slowly over time and is often picked up by family and friends.
    • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help but the earlier you act, the better.
    • The longer you put off hearing aids, the harder it will be to get used to it.
    • Research shows that untreated hearing loss is associated with depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
    • In most cases, hearing can be significantly improved using hearing aids.

    Signs/symptoms of hearing loss

    Common early hearing loss symptoms include:

    • High volume on the TV or radio
    • Difficulty hearing the phone ring
    • Difficulty hearing on the phone
    • Struggling to follow conversation in noisy places such as restaurants
    • Need to have phrases repeated
    • Difficulty following conversation in groups
    • Tinnitus or ringing in one or both ears

     

    Unsure if you have a hearing loss? Online hearing screening

    If you are experiencing a sudden hearing loss, contact a medical professional immediately.

    Causes of hearing loss

    A hearing impairment can be caused by several factors and can include some of the following:

    • Excessive earwax
    • Severe middle ear infections
    • Ageing
    • Constant exposure to loud noise
    • Medical conditions such as diabetes
    • Genetics
    • The use of certain medications

    Types of hearing loss

    Hearing is categorised by severity and where the problem arises in the anatomy of the ear (outer, middle, and inner ear).  Three categories are used to describe hearing loss:  

    • Conductive hearing loss:  sound cannot get through the outer or middle ear. This can be caused by fluid, infection or ear wax and can usually be treated with medicine or surgery.
    • Sensorineural hearing loss
      Sensorineural hearing loss is a result from issues in the inner ear and is usually permanent. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent. It can be related to genetics and present from birth — though age, occupation, loud music, noise exposure and even medication are all common causes. It is generally permanent, and cannot be treated with medicine or surgery, though in most cases, hearing aids can help. 
    • Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive, as well as sensorineural hearing loss and refers to a problem in the middle and inner ear. 

     

    Hearing aids

    There are many hearing aids to choose from in different styles.  We work with hearing aids from major companies such as Unitron, Phonak, Signia, Widex and Starkey. 

    Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

    Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids fit behind the ear and the sound is delivered through a tube that sits in the ear on a soft dome of custom-made ear mould. 

     Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids:

    Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids sit behind the ear with a thin wire connected to a receiver (the speaker of the hearing aid) that transmits sound directly to the ear.  RIC hearing aids are the most popular style of hearing aid due to their comfort and discreet appearance.

     Instant fit hearing aids:

    Instant fit hearing aid devices sit discreetly in the ear canal but don’t require a custom impression of the ear shape. As instant fit devices don’t require a custom mould, they can be dispensed immediately on a silicone sleeve. 

     In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids:

    In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom made to fit the shape and size of your ear. An impression is taken of the shape of your ear and then sent to the manufacturer to have the hearing aid made. 

    Hearing Aids