To get an accurate hearing profile you need several measurements. Just as having a tailored suit made, requires multiple accurate measurements so to an exact hearing profile requires a battery of tests.
At Farnham Hearing we believe a comprehensive hearing assessment is essential to ensure a clear, detailed profile of your hearing. This is the only way we can ensure we give you the best recommendations for improving your hearing (which may sometimes exclude hearing aids) but also crucial to ensure an exact fitting to your ear and your hearing.
A puretone audiogram provides a good, but basic picture hearing levels. It tells us how well you can hear beeps (pure tones) around the sounds where speech usually occurs. It tells us where the hearing loss originates from i.e. middle or inner ear. It is a good starting point but should only be the start.
At Farnham Hearing we will also record a Speech Audiogram that tells us how well you can hear speech when it is quiet.
Then we test you hearing of speech in the presence of noise, similar to a cocktail party environment.
In addition we record your loudness discomfort levels. Hearing by nature is intricate and highly complex. Our perception of loudness differs from person to person (and from frequency to frequency). This information is crucial when fitting hearing aids. Every decibel makes a difference to the finer details of speech as well as the comfort of the subsequent fitting.
This full hearing assessment takes an hour to complete and then the explanation of the results and recommendations usually takes another half an hour. Fortunately by the end of it, you will have a clear, complete understanding of your hearing, what and why we have made the recommendations we have and what exactly your journey toward better hearing will entail (your Plan for Better Hearing).
We believe a box standard audiogram like the ones you get on the High Street, is inadequate and NOT best practice when aiming to improve hearing! When recommending and selecting hearing aids, only performing an audiogram could be compared to measuring a person’s hight and weight and then proceeding to sew a so called tailored suit!
SPEECH in NOISE
"Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people."