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What’s involved in a hearing health check

General ear health check

We start the appointment talking to you about any medical updates and how you well you feel your hearing is. Then, complete a general ear health check on both ears, including a video otoscopy.

Hearing Test

We’ll then conduct a hearing test, checking your ability to hear sounds at various frequencies.

Results and recommendations

We’ll plot your results on an audiogram and explain the results. There’s plenty of time to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

What happens during a hearing test?

A free 15-minute hearing check at Boots Hearingcare is a quick and easy way to find out how well you’re hearing. In your appointment, a Boots Hearingcare expert will…

  • Check the health of your ears
  • Carry out some simple tests to see how well you’re hearing
  • Give you advice about how you can hear better.

If it looks like you might have a hearing loss, we’ll invite you back for a longer, 75-minute appointment so that we can do a more thorough test.

You’re absolutely welcome to bring a friend, partner or family member with you to your hearing test – in fact, it can be really helpful to have someone there to help you remember any advice we give you about your hearing, or to tell us about any situations that they’ve noticed where you aren’t hearing as well as you used to.

Should I have a hearing test?

Because hearing loss is so gradual, it’s not always easy to notice if you’re not hearing as well as you used to. Here are some signs you can look out for:

  • The TV is too loud for other members of your family
  • You find it difficult to keep up with conversations when there’s background noise
  • Chatting on the phone is tricky even when the room is quiet
  • You feel like people are mumbling a lot, and you have to ask them to repeat what they’ve said.

Often it’s your loved ones who notice a hearing loss before you do – so they might hint that you’re finding it difficult to hear too.

Hearing loss affects one in six people in the UK. If you’re over 50, we recommend that you have a hearing test every two years to keep an eye on your hearing.

At Boots Hearingcare, they’re completely free and only take 15 minutes.

Which Boots stores can I go to for a hearing test?

We currently have several hearingcare centres open across the UK, so you won’t need to travel far to find us. Click here to find your nearest Boots Hearingcare.

Hearing well is something we can take for granted. For most, any loss is gradual and we know that sometimes taking the first step to understand if there’s been a change in how well you’re hearing can feel daunting. So, to help make those first steps as easy as possible, we’ve put together a quick online check.

The simple, step-by-step check will first ask you how well you’re hearing at low, mid and high level frequencies, this will help us to understand your hearing threshold for each tone. The check will then ask you a few questions about your hearing in different scenarios. We will use this information to give you an idea of how well you’re hearing and if a loss is likely. Best of all, there’s no waiting around for the results – they’ll pop up immediately after completing the check.

The Boots Hearingcare online hearing check is designed to give you an understanding of how well you’re hearing. If your results suggest that you may have a hearing loss or if you have any concerns, we recommend you book an appointment online.

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