Your Hearing Care ideally begins with a full diagnostic hearing test for establishing a base line. Musicians are constantly bombarded with sound – their own, and that of other musicians.
As most of us hopefully know by now, music can become harmful if played at loud levels. A rock concert can be as high as 120dB – and the sound levels in clubs and small venues can also be hazardous. Respect for your hearing and preservation of it should be a major concern for any musician. If you after a gig or a concert have experienced ringing in the ears, a temporary shift or a decline in your hearing, then there may already be some level of damage to the inner part of your ear.
If there are concerns about your hearing, a comprehensive hearing test will determine the status of it and will identify or rule out any underlying medical conditions. We will chart your results on an audiogram, which allows us to instantly establish your hearing state and share the results with you. If required, we can also send a written report to your GP.
Our hearing test includes:
Otoscopy An otoscope is what we use to visually examine the ear canal and eardrum and check for the presence of earwax and for abnormalities inside the ear, such as the condition of the eardrum, inflammation, exostosis, or infection.
Tympanometry/Acoustic Reflex Testing Tympanometry measures the movement of the eardrum. It is useful in identifying the origin of a hearing loss, diagnosing ear infections or tympanic perforations and looking for other middle ear abnormalities. Acoustic reflex testing checks for a muscle contraction to loud sounds. If properly administered and interpreted, acoustic reflex test results can provide information about the function of the hearing nerve, facial nerve, and part of the auditory portion of the brainstem. It can also be used to confirm the type and degree of hearing loss.
Puretone Audiometry The "hearing test" part of the assessment is called puretone audiometry. Sitting inside our sound proof hearing test booth with two-way communication, mini earphones are inserted in the person's ear canals and we ask them to press a response button to confirm every time a "beep" tone is heard. A bone conductor may also be used, which is placed behind the ear and which transmits sound via the skull directly to the inner ear, by-passing the middle ear. The hearing test result is called an Audiogram and is used to determine the type and degree of hearing loss, if any. The Audiogram is also used to determine appropriate hearing assistance options where required.
Speech Audiometry Speech audiometry evaluates the ability to hear and to understand words at various sound levels. This test is used to confirm the audiogram and may help determine how much a person may benefit from wearing hearing aids.
Your hearing test results explained After the hearing test has been completed, we will explain the results to you and give you our recommendations on the most appropriate course of action. If hearing aids are recommended, we can discuss the most appropriate solution for your individual needs, taking into consideration your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.