The service provides a
Direct Access Hearing Aid Clinic for any individual aged 18 years
and over. Your GP can refer you directly onto this clinic at a
number of our centres throughout the area, without you having to
see an ENT consultant first.
Prior to your
appointment, ensure that your GP has checked that your ears are
free from wax, as it may not be possible to complete the
appointment if you have a significant amount of wax in your
During the assessment,
one of our skilled and experienced Audiologists will discuss your
medical history, any concerns you may be having with regards to
your hearing and then they will assess your hearing. The results of
the assessment will be explained along with any concerns they may
have identified. If appropriate, the Audiologist may discuss the
potential choice of a hearing aid. In some cases, the Audiologist
may feel a referral to an ENT consultant may be necessary to
provide a more in-depth opinion.
If you are an existing
hearing aid user and you are having some problems with your hearing
aid you can contact the Audiology Department directly, without the
need for a referral from your GP.
We offer a Direct Access NHS Hearing Aid Issue Service for
anyone aged 18 years and over via a GP referral. All patients are
assessed within 6 weeks and will have their hearing aid issued
within a further 12 weeks.