Hearing tests in Cockermouth
with Better Hearing Clinic at St Helens Dental Practice
Around 15% of adults in the UK regularly experience some loss of hearing. It is an invisible issue, but one which can be diagnosed and treated very easily. If you are part of this group, it may be that you turn the TV up louder than you used to, or it’s trickier to fully hear conversations – this is where one of our hearing tests can help.
Better Hearing Clinic are one of Allerdale’s leading providers of hearing health checks. Based at the St Helens Dental Practice on Market Place in Cockermouth, our consultations are covered on the NHS, with appointments available to book every Monday and Tuesday.
What’s more, if mobility is a problem, we can even visit you and conduct a test in the comfort of your home.
What Happens At A Hearing Test?
Bernard Paice is the expert audiologist who will conduct your test. It’s a simple, non-invasive and entirely painless process which helps us to understand how well your ears are working.
This is done using some headphones and a piece of equipment called an audiometer. This will play a series of beeps and tones which only you will be able to hear, and when you hear them, you press a button. This shows us the range of frequencies your ears are able to pick up and give us a good idea of your level of hearing loss, if any.
Next, we take a closer look at both ears using an otoscope. This is a microscopic camera which fits comfortably into your inner ear and enables us to check for any physical defects with your ear canal, ear drum, and to see if ear wax is causing a blockage.
Will I Need Hearing Aids?
While most cases of hearing loss are down to a build up of ear wax, our ears are like any other part of the body, in that they become less effective over the years. If this is the case with your ears, then it may be that a hearing aid is the most sensible course of treatment.
Hearing aids have progressed considerably over the past couple of decades. The clunky old NHS ones have been consigned to the past, and replaced by digital models with fully adjustable volume controls and several pre-set features.
As completely independent hearing professionals, we have the flexibility to be able to give your honest, impartial, no obligation advice on the most suitable digital hearing aids for your needs. As well as restoring clarity, we have seen them have absolutely transformative effects on the lives of our patients over the years.
These hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. From almost invisible in-ear receivers to tiny ones which rest just behind your ear, today’s devices are discreet, easy to use, and simple to maintain.
Whichever hearing aid model you choose, we will give you a full detailed demonstration of how it works, fit it for you, and always be on hand for any after care or tips on ear care.
As well as providing hearing health checks and digital hearing aids, we offer a wide spectrum of audiology services. These include:
Ear Wax Removal
A common cause of hearing loss is the build up of dead skin and wax in the inner ear, blocking sound waves from making their way efficiently down the ear canal towards the eardrum.
Comprehensive Hearing Tests
If your initial exploratory test has unearthed any issues, a more in-depth audiogram consultation can precisely pinpoint the range of frequencies you are able to hear and enable us to make a more accurate suggestion on the best course of treatment.
Tinnitus can be a debilitating condition, and while there is currently no cure for it, there are techniques which can help ease the symptoms. Your first tinnitus management session is completely free, and we have received full training from the British Tinnitus Association.
Perfect for musicians and workers in loud environments, we have a superb range of devices to help protect your hearing from excessive noise.
Our hearing screenings are available by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays at St Helens Dental Practice, Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9 NQ.