WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CONSULTATION WITH O’GRADY’S HEARING CARE
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Some of the main services provided by O’Grady’s Hearing Care are:
- Puretone Audiometry Hearing Test,
- Tympanometry and Video Otoscopy.
- Ear Wax Removal using Micro Suction or Irrigation.
- Hearing Aid Fitting, Programming and Repairs to all models.
- Custom-made, top quality Ear Moulds for Swimmers, Industrial Protection, Musicians and Operated ears.
- A comprehensive aftercare service for you and your hearing aids, making sure you Enjoy Hearing Again.
- Grants are available from the Dept. of Social Protection to eligible persons. We will submit your application for you, and arrange the necessary forms.
- Also income tax relief available under the MED 1 scheme for medical appliances.
Read below the steps to expect when visiting O’Grady’s about your hearing:
We will first ask you if you have any Symptoms relating to a hearing difficulty
They may include:
- Difficulty hearing noises or people speaking
- Speech sounding muffled
- Pain or discomfort in the ears
- Tinnitus (constant ringing or buzzing sound in the ears)
- Vertigo (the sensation of dizziness or feeling off balance)
- Previous, relevant medical problems
We will then do a Visual Examination of the ear
This is done to check for:
- Infection or fluid within the middle ear
- Perforated ear drum
- Any build-up of ear wax that may be blocking the ear canal
- Any discharge coming from the ear
- Unusual appearance of the ear canal
Next comes the Hearing Test
The hearing test will be performed on both ears. During the test, you will be exposed to sounds at various volumes and frequencies. You listen to the sounds through a headset and respond when you hear them by pushing a button.
Another test using a Tympanometer can also be done. Tympanometry measures the movement of the eardrum and the level of pressure behind it.
Your audiologist will talk you through all stages of the hearing test.
A Bone Conduction Test
A Bone Conduction Test is carried out as part of a hearing test. Bone conduction measures how well your inner ear and hearing nerves are working. The vibrations from the vibrating probe go straight to the hearing nerve and bypass any problems in the ear canal, eardrum or hearing bones.
Your audiologist at O’Grady’s will inform you if you require a Bone Conduction test and how to participate in this test.
Your hearing test result will be plotted onto an audiogram showing your test results for both ears.
An audiogram can also make it easier to determine what type of hearing loss you have. The type of hearing loss you have is important because it determines what help or treatment is most suitable for you.
Your audiologist will also discuss any relevant points that come up in the discussion about your symptoms and from the visual examination.