What Happens During a Hearing Test?

Many of us have regular 6 month check ups at the dentist, and go to the opticians every two years for an eye test, but how many of you have had a hearing test recently? I have my hearing checked every year or two, so I would like to share with you what happens during a hearing test to alleviate any concerns you might have.

AD: This is a collaborative post – all words and experiences are my own.

How often should I have a hearing test?

Just like having an eye test, it is important to have a hearing test on a regular basis to check your hearing levels and ear health. It is recommended that adults have one done every year or two, once they are over 40 years of age.

Even if you don’t have any ear problems at the moment, regular check ups will allow the audiologist to monitor any changes in your hearing and general ear health.

The earlier you have a hearing test, the sooner a bigger picture can be built up on your complete ear health over the coming years.

What happens during a hearing test?

Having a hearing test in the UK is very quick and totally painless. You will be invited into a room just like an office or doctor’s surgery.

First the audiologist will take a few details and ask you a few questions such as name, date of birth, address, what medication you are on, if you’ve had any recent surgeries and what medications you take.

The audiologist will then look into your ear canal and ear drums of each ear with an otoscope.  An otoscope is also known as an auriscope, and is the simple torch like instrument that a doctor or nurse uses to look in your ears when you have a cold or ear infection. It doesn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable. It just gives them a better view of the ear and they will be able to see any build up of ear wax, infections or foreign bodies

You will then start the hearing test. You will be given some earphones to put on along with a hand held buzzer that is connected to a computer. A series of sounds will come through the headphones at different sound levels and frequencies. You will be asked to press the button on your buzzer every time you hear a sound. The computer then plots this on a graph called an audiogram.

The audiologist can then access whether your hearing falls into the normal ranges or not, and can compere the levels with any previous hearing tests that you may have had. They will then advise if any further action is needed.

The whole process will take around 15 minutes.

a photo of a computer screen with two graphs plotting the db and hz on an audiogram. to show what happens during a hearing test
Your reactions to the sounds played are plotted on an audiogram.

Where can I have a hearing test?

You can get a free hearing check in many high street opticians. However, if you need a hearing aid or further treatment you may have to go to see a specialist.

Companies such as Auris Ear Care can help you with specialist ear cleaning services via their 24/7 mobile clinics operated by Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctors and nurses .


I hope you have found this post interesting and that it will encourage you to get checked now that you know what happens during a hearing test. I will have new posts coming about other health checks in the future, so do keep in touch.

Stay healthy!

4 thoughts on “What Happens During a Hearing Test?

  1. We are an expert at hearing tests here. My youngest has one every year with her being deaf in one ear. They keep an eye on her good ear. She has had one every year since she was old enough to press the button to say she’s heard something. x

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  2. I have never had a hearing test done. Unless our doctor refers us, they are not covered, which is why I think so many people do not get them. I think it is time I have one though, especially being in my 60s.

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