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Hearing tests in Cockermouth
with Better Hearing Clinic
Our new Clinic in Cockermouth is the first of our dedicated stand-alone business premises situated on Main Street across the road from Leslie Cleeland’s furniture store and not far from Sainsbury’s and Wilko’s which makes it convenient for parking.
We offer appointments to suit all patients with our daily opening times being 9am ‘til 5pm Monday to Friday, with extended clinic hours till 7pm on Monday and Saturday appointments available 9am ’til 1pm. We can, subject to availability, provide after hour’s clinic and home visits appointments (usually subject to an additional fee).
Upon arrival you with receive a friendly welcome by our receptionist, who will direct you to our waiting area. You will have an opportunity to browse the collection of ear protection products, hearing aid accessories and supplies we have for sale.
Our two clinic rooms easily accessed via the shallow stair case. For those clients unable to use stairs we will arrange a home visit. The first room is a comfortable and spacious environment which is solely dedicated to ear wax removal where we can perform a number of treatments to safely remove the build-up of wax which in 90% cases is all that’s required to improve hearing.
Our second room is a dedicated to assessments where we are able to simulate real world hearing situations. The room benefits from a hearing test booth, equipped with the latest in testing equipment within a quiet and unobstructed environment to get the most accurate results.
A large computer screen will allow you to see the inside of your ear as well as the test results. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences, express your concerns and discuss solutions and treatment options with our Hearing Aid Audiologist.
Did you know?
According to the charity ‘Action on Hearing Loss’, 11 million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss. It is an invisible issue, but one which can be diagnosed and usually 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.
What Happens At A Hearing Test?
Bernard Paice, the expert hearing aid audiologist, will complete an ear health check and full assessment. He will identify what your symptoms are and what difficulties you are experiencing, as well as discuss how you feel about having a hearing test.
By taking a closer look at both ears using a video otoscope, Bernard will be able to determine if you have an outer ear blockage or any other issues which requires you to be referred to a GP or have ear wax removed.
Once your ear health has been checked, you will be given clear instructions and a button to press, before the headphones are fitted and your hearing given a full test. He will be looking for the point where you can just hear different pitches of sound.
The audiometer is state of the art. It take about 30 minutes and once done the results will be shared with you. If you have a prescription, Bernard will take care to explain things to you and how they relate to your symptoms. More importantly, solutions to your problems will be discussed and you may be able to trial a pair of hearing aids.
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 ear wax. This is a combination of serum (the wax) and skin debris that block sound waves from making their way efficiently to 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, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 76 Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9LU