Hannah Harris, Senior Audiologist at Hearbase answers some common questions relating to the role of an audiologist and recommends when to seek help.
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a clinical healthcare professional responsible for helping those who have problems with their hearing. It’s a highly qualified role, and each day an audiologist could be assessing and fitting hearing aids, providing ear protection, tinnitus support and advising on balance and wax removal.
How long have you been at Hearbase?
I have been at Hearbase for nearly 2 years now and I enjoy my work, especially meeting and helping so many people from Ashford, old and young, from all walks of life. I am based at the amazing One Ashford Hospital, featuring world-class facilities in a comfortable and peaceful clinical setting.
What are the first signs of a hearing problem?
Some of the early signs are when you struggle to keep up with conversation in noisy places, when your family tell you the TV is too loud, or when you have difficulty hearing people clearly. If you experience ringing or buzzing in your ears, or head, or a feeling of blockage, these can also be early signs of hearing loss.
Why should I have my hearing tested?
Not being able to hear, seriously impacts your quality of life, not to mention talking with friends, family and others. I recommend if you show any of these early signs, you should get it checked. If you are concerned about someone close to you who struggles to hear, speak to them about getting a free hearing test. Why not join them to offer support if they need a little bit of encouragement?
Why should I go to Hearbase at One Ashford Hospital?
Well, to start, our hearing tests are completely free. This isn’t unique to us, you can get your hearing tested elsewhere, but as we are expert audiologists, if we find anything of concern after your free hearing test, we can get you straight to specialist services quickly at One Ashford Hospital. We are a really friendly bunch of people and our focus is to listen and help you to manage your hearing.
How should I look after my hearing?
If you notice any change to your hearing, large or small, then always get it checked. This is important however old or young you are. If you work in a noisy place or have a history of hearing loss in your family, have a hearing test, it only takes 30 minutes. Call us on 0800 028 6179 and book your free hearing test at Hearbase at the One Ashford!
Hearbase run a dedicated clinic at One Ashford Hospital, so if you have any concerns regarding your hearing, you can book an appointment with a member of the Hearbase team.
They can be contacted on 0800 028 6179.
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