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Audiologists take a unique view to hearing health with new technology


Friday 27 May
Audiologists take a unique view to hearing health with new technology

- May 27 at 12:30 PM

Specsavers Audiologists have invested in new technology to provide a more personalised and all-encompassing experience for health checks of customers’ ears.

Video otoscope technology is now used to examine the overall health of customers’ ears during a hearing test.

The video otoscope is a small camera which is inserted into the ear to enable the audiologist to project images of the ear onto a screen so that customers can see for themselves how healthy their ears are. This recording is kept on file to help keep track of any changes to the health of their ears over time. Real Ear Measurements also allow for a more personalised approach to treatment, with exact ear measurements taken to ensure the level of amplification programmed into hearing aids is at the optimum level for each individual.

Nick Taylor, chief audiologist at Specsavers, said, “The video otoscope is used as a diagnostic tool to assess the health of a person’s ear canal and eardrum. We look for ‘landmarks’ in the ear, such as a healthy blood supply into the eardrum. We also identify any abnormalities or scar tissue which can often be caused when attempting to clean our ears with cotton buds or other household items, which could cause long term damage.”

Nick is an advocate of ensuring each customer’s hearing aids are programmed to meet their own specific needs and said, “During a hearing test, the individual’s hearing thresholds are determined to show the quietest sounds they can hear. Software then determines how much amplification is required, but in the past calculations were based on average sized ears. Whilst this provides a good fitting for those hearing aid wearers, the technology now allows us to account for each person’s individual ear size and shape, thus producing optimum amplification for them. Real Ear Measurements are taken inside the ear to provide a far more accurate analysis, therefore ensuring the level of amplification is bespoke to that individual.”

He added, “Hearing loss can be a difficult notion to come to terms with, especially if it occurs gradually over a long period of time. But by providing a personal, visual hearing check which takes into account the overall health of a person’s ears, hearing loss doesn’t need to be such a daunting prospect. Our fully-qualified, professional audiologists are here to offer bespoke advice, meaning you can manage your hearing loss appropriately.”

For more information or to book a free hearing test visit The Specsavers Hearing Check App is also free to download on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices, and advises whether a full check in store is recommended.

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