What happens at a hearing test?

When you come in for a hearing test, you should allow:

  • 5 minutes for the initial assessment, which includes completing a questionnaire and learning about your concerns surrounding your hearing. (You may have to wait beforehand to be seen)
  • The actual hearing test takes about 45 minutes.
  • 1 hour for the fitting of hearing aids (should you need them)

The process of a hearing test

  • You will be provided with headphones (recommended to remove earrings) and a response button
  • You will hear a number of little sounds, which you have to respond to using the response button
  • The purpose is to understanding the quietest sounds you can hear and takes into account the entire hearing pathway, from the outer ear to the brain.
  • On occasions, we may need a second headset called bone-conduction testing. For this, we use a smaller headband, which sits behind your ear.
  • Once again, we will repeat sounds that you will have to respond too.

What happens next?

If you require hearing aids, these will be arranged for you and fitted. Click here *LINK* to learn more about what happens during fitting.


Occasionally, people do not want a hearing aid, which is fine and we respect your decision. You can always get back in touch, should you change your mind. 

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) advice

You may not require a hearing aid but have other concerns regarding your ears. For example, you may experience a feeling of fullness/pressure or sudden onset of tinnitus (sounds that only you can hear in your head). On these occasions, we may refer you to direct or alert your GP and request they refer you to the Community ENT Service or Hospital ENT Service.