Hearing Tests

Hearing checks and assessments

When a hearing difficulty is experienced, we would always recommend a full hearing assessment by one of our qualified and experienced audiologists. However, we also offer FREE hearing checks at both our main Colchester centre and our outclinics. These are short screenings lasting about 15 minutes, where several key frequencies are tested, along with an ear examination. During quieter periods, these can be available on a walk-in basis at our main centre.

Alternatively, try our online check here . The online Speech-in-Noise hearing test will only take a few minutes and will indicate how clearly you can hear in different levels of background noise (you will require headphones). The link opens up a new tab for the Hear-it website. Once you have completed the test, close the tab to return to our website.

We also conduct full diagnostic hearing assessments using latest state-of-the-art technology. These usually last around 90 minutes, with plenty of time to confidentially discuss how communication difficulties are affecting your lifestyle, along with details of any relevant medical history. Procedures include ear examinations and video-otoscopy (a tiny camera that goes inside the ear) along with puretone testing, QuickSIN speech-in-noise testing and tympanometry (the measurement of middle ear function) if required.

The results are plotted by computer to create an audiogram – your own unique hearing pattern. We will explain this and other results thoroughly. If hearing instruments are recommended, we can tailor a prescription to suit your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. We will present you with all the options available, to enable you to choose the best solution for your hearing needs – which may or may not include hearing aids.

Typical decibel levels for everyday sounds. The ‘banana’ curve represents intensity and frequency of speech sounds. Hearing loss within this curve can have implications on the ability to clearly follow what is being said.