Adult Hearing Assessment
How can I get a hearing assessment?
If you would like a hearing assessment and you do not currently
use a hearing aid issued by the Manchester Royal Infirmary, visit
your General Practitioner (GP) who can refer you to the Audiology
department via one of two routes:
- Direct referral to Audiology: your GP can make a
decision to refer you directly to an Audiologist who will ask
detailed information about your hearing problems, test your hearing
and will suggest the best treatment for you which may include one
or two hearing aids.
- Referral to Audiology via the Ear, Nose and Throat
(ENT) Department: Your GP may decide to refer
you to an ENT doctor for a medical opinion before you are seen by
an Audiologist. The ENT doctor will then refer you to an
Audiologist if appropriate.
How do I get an appointment if I am an existing
You can call us for an appointment on 0161 276
4613. Please see the section for existing hearing aid
patients for more information.
What to expect from an initial hearing assessment
Your first appointment can last up to an hour and will include
You and the Audiologist will discuss any concerns you or your
family might have about your hearing. You may discuss situations
where you have noticed that you do not hear well. The Audiologist
will also ask you some basic questions about any other problems you
have, or have had, with your ears and about your general
Otoscopy - Where we look in your ears
This is to check your ears are free of wax and are healthy.
Tympanometry - Where we test how well your ear drums are
This procedure measures how your ear drum moves to different
pressures. The Audiologist will place a soft tip in your
ear and you will feel a slight change in pressure.
Audiometry (Hearing test)
This test is to measure the quietest levels you can hear in each
ear at different pitches of sound. The Audiologist
Develop an individual communication plan
The Audiologist will explain the
test results and options available to you. You and the Audiologist
will decide on a care plan individually designed for you. This
might include different types of hearing aids, assistive listening
devices, lip-reading, hearing therapy, or communication
tactics. Click here to learn more
about communication options.
There are several different options available but the most
common option is hearing aid(s). If you decide you would like
If you have decided on a different communication option, the
Audiologist will refer you to another specialist in the department
or to another professional to provide this.