Do you have difficulty hearing people in conversation or group situations? Are you turning up the TV? Or do you feel as if your ears are bunged up, or there’s humming, ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your head? If so, one of our hearing experts (audiologists) may be able to help.
Audiologists carry out various screening and tests to diagnose loss of hearing, tinnitus and problems with dizziness and balance (vestibular). Through evaluation and audiometry tests, they can determine the type of hearing loss and its severity.
They can also diagnose the cause of recurrent earache and discharge (otorrhea), which might be down to an infection of the outer or middle ear, glue ear or a perforated eardrum.
In addition to advising and fitting hearing aids, our consultant audiologists at The Kings Park Hospital can also custom-fit hearing protection technology.
They can customise digital hearing protectors to the shape of the ear for sports such as shooting. The headphones have an inbuilt microphone. As soon as the shotgun is charged, it digitally compresses the signal to protect the ears.
Audiology is highly regulated, with Consultant Audiologists governed by and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Only a recognised clinical audiologist can order customised hearing protection from the manufacturer.
Our audiologists can also provide custom-made silicon swimming plugs for swimmers who have had recent surgery, suffer recurring ear infections, have a long-standing perforation, or have ear grommets.
Lawyers can also request a medicolegal opinion from our audiologists, who will assess and make recommendations when employees claim negligence or for employee medicals.
For example, they can assess whether employment in a particular industry caused someone noise-induced hearing loss. Or they may be contacted by the public defence office to evaluate whether a client would have difficulty in hearing situations.