Optical 88 Hearing Assessment Centre provides comprehensive hearing tests and high-quality digital hearing aids, which cut off noise and allow you to hear what you want to hear most. The certified audiologist will follow up and adjust the hearing aids for you regularly, so that you can hear clearly and comfortably.
Hearing test will be carried out by the certified audiologist and it takes approximately 45 minutes to determine your hearing profile. It includes the following:
- History taking
- Pure tone audiometry
- Audiogram evaluation
- Lifestyle & counselling
- Hearing aid recommendation, configuration, fitting and fine-tuning
We would recommend a hearing screening from our trusted Optical 88 outlets, as part of your annual check; once every 3 to 5 years if you are below the age of 40, and yearly if you are above.
Why is good hearing so important?
Our hearing plays an important role in how we interact with the world around it. Without the ability to hear well, relationships break down as we cannot participate in normal conversations. Untreated hearing loss can hinder communication access and increase social isolation.
Furthermore, it may raise the effect of auditory deprivation resulting in increased cognitive decline. This type of hearing loss is progressive and irreversible. In our society, hearing loss is commonly ignored. Most of the time, it can only be detected through carefully performed hearing tests.
How does hearing work?
The ear can distinguish between 7,000 different pitches and enables the brain to locate sound sources.
It can be divided into 3 parts:
- Outer ear: The outer ear picks up sound and transmits it to the ear drum via the ear canal.
- Middle ear: The sound makes the eardrum vibrate and is amplified by the ossicles
- Inner ear: The cochlea converts movements of the ossicles into electronical signals. The auditory nerve transmits the signals into the brain.
Damage can occur in any part of the ear, causing hearing impairment. Most often, people with hearing impairment have difficulties understanding speech and are unable to distinguish soft tones and high pitch sounds, such as whispers and children's voices. Today, modern hearing instruments can compensate for most hearing impaired cases.
Signs of Hearing Loss
- Do you need to turn up the volume of the television louder than usual?
- Is it difficult to hear what the person is saying on the other end of the phone line?
- Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves?
- Is it hard to follow what the person you are talking to is saying when you are in a pub or restaurant?