Expert hearing tests in Cardiff, Taff’s Well, & Cowbridge
Our hearing tests
If you’re concerned about your hearing or ear health, we offer three different hearing assessments and consultations; a hearing needs assessment, a hearing screen, and a hearing health consultation.
All of our hearing tests are completed by our expert hearing care professionals, and include independent recommendations and advice on the best hearing solutions for you.
Hearing needs assessment
Our hearing needs assessment is our most popular hearing consultation, and is suitable for anyone who is concerned that they may be experiencing some hearing loss, and would like to see if they could benefit from hearing aids.
It is also recommended for anyone considering upgrading their current hearing aids for our latest hearing aid technology.
Our hearing needs assessment is just £55, or free should you go on to purchase hearing aids from us!
Your hearing needs assessment appointment
When you visit us for a hearing needs assessment, you will be seen by one of our experienced clinical audiologists. They will begin your appointment by asking you about any relevant medical history and listening to your hearing concerns. An otoscopic assessment is then completed to examine the health of your ear canals and eardrums.
Your audiologist will then conduct detailed diagnostic hearing tests known as pure tone audiometry, specialist speech tests, or tympanometry, as specific to your needs.
These tests will identify the extent and pattern of any hearing loss you may be experiencing, and enable us to better understand how your hearing loss affects you, and how much you might benefit from hearing aids.
Following testing, we will take time to explain your hearing assessment findings. Where they could be of benefit to you, we will also discuss our recommendations for hearing aid solutions and, where relevant, offer a demonstration of our recommended hearing aid technology.
We know that getting hearing aids can be a big commitment, so we want you to feel confident in the treatment options available to you. You’re under no obligation to purchase hearing aids from us, and you’re always welcome to get back to us, should you need some time to consider our recommendations.
Please note that if you are seeking medical investigation for broader ear or hearing health concerns, please consider our hearing health consultation, or contact us for advice before booking.
Book your appointment today
You can quickly and easily schedule a hearing needs assessment using our online booking system. Alternatively, if you would first like to discuss your requirements with an audiologist, please contact us and one of our team will respond as soon as possible.
If you are looking for advice, our hearing screen offers a quick and easy check of your hearing and ear health, and can indicate whether further investigation, or our hearing needs assessment, is advised.
We recommend a hearing screen every two years for anyone over 50, or an annual hearing check for anyone over 70.
Our hearing screen is £30* and can be booked using our online booking system.
* Please note that, should you require ear wax removal before your hearing screen, this will be charged at an additional £69.
Hearing health consultation
Our hearing health consultation is for anyone who is concerned about their broader ear or hearing health, and seeking medical investigation quickly (without the NHS waiting lists) for peace of mind.
During your consultation, we can perform a variety of thorough diagnostic tests with detailed explanations to understand what may or may not be going on with your hearing system.
Where necessary, we can make a direct medical referral for you to be seen quickly by our wider team of specialists, including private ENT consultants, private GPs, auditory processing disorder specialists, and tinnitus specialists. Alternatively, we can write to your NHS GP with a request for a referral to ENT.
Our hearing health consultation is £125 and includes a comprehensive hearing health report.
Hearing test FAQs
Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about our hearing consultations and assessments.
The cost of a private hearing test can vary depending on the provider and the type of testing that’s included.
At Cardiff Hearing, our hearing needs assessment is just £55, or free should you go on to purchase hearing aids from us. This is our most popular hearing test, and is suitable for anyone who is concerned that they may be experiencing some hearing loss, and would like to see if they could benefit from hearing aids.
If you’re looking a quick and easy check of your hearing and ear health, our hearing screen is just £30.
Finally, our hearing health consultation is £125 and includes a comprehensive hearing health report. This consultation is recommended for anyone who is concerned about their broader ear or hearing health, and seeking medical investigation (without the NHS waiting lists).
At Cardiff Hearing, we offer three different types of hearing assessment, to meet your individual requirements.
If you are looking for advice and a quick and easy check of your hearing and ear health, our hearing screen can indicate whether further investigation, or our hearing needs assessment, is advised. We recommend a hearing screen every two years for anyone over 50, or an annual hearing check for anyone over 70.
Hearing needs assessment
If you are concerned about your hearing, and would like to see if you could benefit from hearing aids, this comprehensive hearing test will identify the extent and pattern of any hearing loss you may be experiencing. It will also, enable us to better understand how your hearing loss affects you, and how much you might benefit from hearing aids, so that we can recommend the best hearing solution for you.
Hearing health consultation
If you are seeking medical investigation for broader ear or hearing health concerns, you should consider our hearing health consultation.
If you are unsure as to which test you should book, you’re welcome to contact us to discuss your requirements with one of our hearing care specialists, without obligation.
Should we find that you have excess or impacted ear wax, which may be affecting your hearing, we may be able to complete ear wax removal, on any soft ear wax, during your hearing consultation.
Alternatively, we can advise about softening ear wax prior to ear wax removal, and book another appointment for you, to complete this and your hearing assessment.
If we identify any signs of pathology that we have concerns about, we will discuss this with you and refer you back to your GP for NHS referral.
Alternatively, we can quickly get you seen by our own private GPs or ENT consultants.
If we identify a hearing loss, your audiologist will work with you to tailor a hearing aid solution to maximise your hearing potential, given your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget.
As an independent provider, we are not tied to offering hearing aids from any specific manufacturer. This means that we can always give you an honest and impartial recommendation on what we believe is the best hearing aid package for you.
As well as providing hearing aid solutions, we can also offer all-inclusive care plans to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your new hearing aids, as well as auditory brain training, which is a type of evidenced based gamified physiotherapy for the hearing centres of your brain.
It’s not recommended that you have a hearing test if you are suffering with a head cold.
A head cold can cause fluid to build up in the middle ear, creating some temporary hearing loss which could affect your hearing assessment findings.
During pure tone audiometry (PTA) testing, your audiologist will place earphones over your ears and ask you to press a button when you hear a sound.
This test measures the lower limits of your hearing at different pitches, and is used to understand the overall extent and pattern of any hearing loss you may be experiencing.
A diagnostic hearing test helps us to understand how well someone can hear specific pitches and also helps to figure out what type of hearing loss a person has (where the problem is in the auditory system), however; it doesn’t tell us how their brain processes complicated speech sounds, and that is what speech in noise testing is for.
A speech in noise test helps us to understand how a person’s brain receives and unpackages, and therefore processes, speech information when there is competing background noise (such as in a noisy cafe or restaurant).
Speech in noise tests can help us to determine whether you would find benefit from particular types of hearing aids, or if you have hearing aids and you don’t score very well, it can tell us whether you would benefit from something called auditory brain training, which is a type of evidenced based gamified physiotherapy for the hearing centres of your brain.
If your hearing is normal, but you don’t perform well in these tests, it can indicate a need for additional diagnostic testing of how you process speech information in noise.
Tympanometry is a test performed to determine how well the ear drums and the tiny bones (the ossicles) behind them are moving. It is a very quick and painless procedure, and may only be completed where it is clinically necessary.
During tympanometry, a small soft probe is inserted into the ear. A low tone is played and a change in air pressure is initiated. The sensation can sometimes feel like when your ears “pop” on a plane.
Depending on the graph produced, typanometry allows us to diagnose problems of the middle ear.