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Researchers have found that 1 in 6 individuals in the UK suffer from hearing loss. Tragus – The Ear Specialists aims to help these individuals.
Do you or someone you know suffer from hearing loss? If so, you are not alone. According to recent research, 1 in 6 individuals in the UK experience hearing loss. Fortunately, Tragus – The Ear Specialists is here to help.
Unlike the NHS, Tragus offers a holistic care approach to assess and diagnose ear-related conditions quickly and efficiently. This means that patients no longer have to endure long waiting lists or risk the severity of their condition worsening.
At Tragus, we understand the importance of hearing and the impact it has on our lives. That’s why we are dedicated to providing the best care and support to those who suffer from hearing loss. With our help, you can get the care you need and start living your life to the fullest.
Are you looking for a hearing test? Look no further than our clinic! We offer a free hearing assessment with a qualified and experienced audiologist. Our reports are comprehensive and can help you bypass waiting times and get any additional referrals that may be necessary. We are also connected with private medical centres in case of medical emergencies, and we can arrange a referral to the NHS, if needed. Get your hearing tested today and take the first step towards better hearing!
Hearing Loss Symptoms
Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves multiple times per day?
Do you struggle to hear on the phone unless it is on the speaker phone?
Do you have a hard time understanding the lyrics to songs?
Do you feel that listening requires more effort than those around you?
Do you seem to struggle to hear in noisy environments?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you need to see an Audiologist to assess your hearing.
Hearing Handicap screening questionnaire
Welcome to our Hearing Handicap screening questionnaire. Our easy-to-use questionnaire can help identify hearing loss in the elderly. As people age, their hearing abilities may decline, and they may not realize it. Our questionnaire is designed to help identify those who may have hearing difficulties and encourage them to seek professional medical advice. We encourage anyone who may be experiencing hearing difficulties to take the questionnaire and learn more about their hearing health. Please note that the Hearing Handicap Screening Questionnaire is not intended to replace a professional hearing evaluation.
At Tragus – The Ear Specialists, we understand the importance of ensuring that children’s hearing is tested at an early age. We offer hearing tests for children above the age of 5 years to help detect any hearing impairments that may affect their speech, language, and overall development. Our team of experienced audiologists is trained to make the hearing test experience fun and engaging for children. We use play audiometry, a technique that involves using games and toys to evaluate a child’s hearing abilities, making it easier for children to participate and enjoy the test.
We offer a comprehensive hearing test for children with reports that only costs £39. This includes the hearing test itself and a detailed report that outlines your child’s hearing abilities. We believe that early detection and intervention are key to ensuring that children with hearing loss receive the support they need to thrive.
Please note that a parent must accompany the child at all times during the hearing test. We also recommend arriving on time for the appointment to ensure that we can provide the best possible care for your child. Contact us to book a hearing test for your child today.
What is a hearing test?
During your hearing test, our audiologists will take an in-depth case history and perform a series of tests to check the functioning and sensitivity of your ears. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure accurate results. Our team of experts will then discuss the results with you and provide recommendations for any necessary treatment.
Hearing tests are important for detecting hearing loss and other ear-related issues.
A hearing test involves a series of tests to measure how well you can hear.
During the test, you will be asked to listen to a range of sounds and indicate when you hear them.
The results of the hearing test will help your GP determine the best treatment for any hearing loss or other ear-related issues.
Hearing tests are painless and non-invasive.
Regular hearing tests can help detect any changes in your hearing over time.
Annual hearing tests are recommended for adults over the age of 50.
Video Otoscopy: -
First, your audiologist will conduct a video otoscopy. This will enable them to see your eardrum and check for any abnormalities in the outer and middle ear.
Pure-Tone Audiometry: -
Second, you’ll be asked to complete an audiogram. This is a chart that measures your hearing ability at different frequencies. You’ll be asked to wear headphones and press a button when you hear a sound. The results of the audiogram will help the audiologist determine the type and degree of hearing loss you may have.
The third test is the tympanometry test, which is an automated test that provides the audiologist with detailed information about the functioning of your middle ear in particular. Acoustic reflex testing is a test that measures how well your middle ear is functioning. It is done by measuring the response of your middle ear muscles to loud sounds.
Lastly, the fourth test is called speech audiometry, and is a great way to measure how you react to different speech sounds. This type of hearing test is a simple and effective way to assess your hearing and identify any speech perception issues.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Loss of hearing does not just mean that someone is unable to make out faint noises. It is more common, especially in cases of age-related hearing loss, that the capacity to detect high-pitched sounds is the first to be affected. For instance, the first sounds that a person may not be able to hear clearly are the chirping of birds and the voices of women and children. Hearing loss also reduces the ability to hear certain consonants in speech, which can make it hard for the person with hearing loss to understand conversations. Depending on the cause and type of hearing loss, it is also possible to experience difficulty hearing mid-or even low-frequency sounds, or all frequencies equally. Another symptom of hearing loss may be tinnitus.
Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss means that sound cannot get through the outer or middle ear. This type of hearing loss may be caused by fluid, earwax, or an infection in the ear and is often temporary. Medication or surgery may be a solution for conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
Sensorineural hearing loss comes from issues with the inner ear. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent. Age, noise, and genetics are common reasons for sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are the most likely solutions to allow someone with sensorineural hearing loss to hear again.
Mixed Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
Causes of Hearing Loss
A hearing test can be used to identify the type and severity of hearing loss. This could be a conductive hearing loss, which is caused by issues in the outer or middle ear, or a sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by issues in the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss is often treatable with medication or surgery, while sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent. Mixed hearing loss, which involves elements of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, is also possible.
Causes in the outer or middle ear (Conductive hearing loss)
Hearing loss caused by issues in the outer ear or the middle ear is called conductive hearing loss. Most outer and middle ear problems can be treated with medication or surgery. The most common causes of hearing loss caused by the outer or middle ear are
Occluding earwax in the ear
Ear infection (e.g. otitis media)
Fluid behind the eardrum
Perforation of the eardrum
Otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear)
Deformations of the ear canal
A foreign object in the ear canal
Causes in the inner ear (Sensorineural hearing loss)
Hearing loss caused by issues with the inner ear is called sensorineural hearing loss. Most hearing issues arise in the inner ear when hair cells become damaged. When the hair cells are damaged, often as a result of years of exposure to loud noises and ageing, it can affect the transmission of signals to the auditory nerves. Usually, inner ear hearing loss cannot be corrected medically. However, hearing difficulties can be improved with hearing aids. The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are : –
The natural ageing process (presbycusis)
Exposure to loud noises
Some types of medication (ototoxic drugs)
Skull fractures or other head injuries
Illnesses (e.g. Ménière’s disease, Diabetes, etc)
Inner ear malformations