Free Hearing Test in Glasgow and Ayr
During your visit to one of our clinics in Glasgow or Ayr, you will receive professional service that focuses on you.
Looking for an inexpensive way to have a hearing test in Glasgow or Ayr? Well, look no further. Here at Darroch Hearing we strive to give you thorough hearing tests to ensure you get the very best impartial advice whilst keeping it free! The result was a 6 step process that ensures a quality evaluation.
We have years of experience in hearing tests ensuring our patients get the very best hearing care. We take a lifestyle assessment from you to find out about your health history, examine your ears in detail and assess your hearing using the latest test equipment.
Our Hearing Test Process:
Step 1. Lifestyle Assessment
Understanding more about your lifestyle and hearing priorities helps us provide individual care. Do you like active hobbies, such as hill-walking or cycling? Do you go out often to restaurants and public places? Do you enjoy television, music, movies and lectures? Do you work every day? These things and more, factor in to deciding the best kind of hearing aids for you.
Answering a few short questions on the Personal Hearing Health Assessment will get the conversation started.
Step 2. Your Health and Hearing Health History
Many people are surprised by how much our overall health—and the medications we take—can impact our hearing. Several common conditions can adversely affect our ability to hear. For example, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease are all linked to hearing loss
Similarly, understanding your hearing history gives us a window into your ability to hear today.
Some typical questions about your hearing may include:
- Is there hearing loss in your family?
- Are one or two ears affected?
- Were you subjected to chronic loud noise during your life?
- Do your ears ring
- Do you have dizziness or vertigo?
- Did you have ear infections as a child?
- Do you have ear pain?
- Is it harder to hear the voices of men, women, or children?
- Do you notice environments where it’s difficult to follow the conversation?
At this time, you will also be asked about any medications you take. This is important because many prescription and over-the-counter drugs are ototoxic, or harmful to your hearing. This is also the stage to mention anything else that relates to your hearing.
Step 3. Hearing Evaluation
A hearing “test” includes several tests that measure how well you hear a variety of sounds, such as tones and speech. A baseline hearing screening is recommended at age 50, unless you’re experiencing symptoms of hearing loss sooner.
Your hearing care professional will guide you through the steps of your thorough hearing evaluation, including:
- A visual examination of your ear using an otoscope
- Air and bone conduction testing
- Compliance testing
After your evaluation, we’ll show you your results on an audiogram. An audiogram provides a visual representation of the sounds you’re hearing and the sounds you’re missing.
All Darroch Hearing practitioners strictly adhere to HCPC Standards of Conduct and Competence and Darroch Hearing Clinics follow nationally accepted testing guidelines set forth by the British Society of Audiology and the International Hearing Society.
Step 4. Hearing Test Results
After your hearing evaluation, your hearing care professional will review your results on an audiogram. An audiogram is a visual representation of how well you are hearing.
Hearing loss takes many forms. Some of us start missing sounds in the higher ranges, such as the voices of women and children. Others hear quite well in quiet surroundings, but struggle in noisy environments.
Your audiogram shows you where you are hearing normally, and where you’re missing sounds. Once you and your hearing care professional discuss your audiogram results, and review your lifestyle and hearing goals, if hearing aids are appropriate, you can arrange your 4-week no obligation evaluation.
Step 5. Hearing Aid Demonstration
If a hearing loss is found, and hearing aids are appropriate, you can “try before you buy” at Darroch Hearing.
We’ll show you the many styles of hearing aids right for you, including our latest miniature hearing instruments.
You can evaluate actual hearing aids including bespoke models and take a “test drive” for 4 weeks. During this time, we will monitor your progress and provide you with on-going rehabilitation.
Step 6. Fitting Your Hearing Aids
Once your hearing aids are in your ears, you are the only person who fully knows how they sound. That’s why the fitting process is interactive at Darroch Hearing. When we fit your new hearing aids, your thoughts and feelings guide the process, and your input shapes the outcome.
Based on your audiogram results, your hearing professional will program your hearing aids to your specific hearing loss using our proprietary fitting software. This software is patient-focused and allows you to be a pivotal part of the process and was designed to help your hearing care professional:
- Show you a variety of hearing instruments from which to select
- Recommend specific environmental programs based on your lifestyle needs
- Program and adjust your selected instruments based on your specific hearing loss
- Review and save all settings for follow-up visits
During the fitting process, we also review and explain the many features your hearing aids offer, to make your listening experience second to none.