Hearing loss assessment


A hearing test to assess your speech-processing abilities throughout the auditory system

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About having a hearing loss assessment

Speech audiometry helps to determine the degree and type of hearing loss a person has.

It is used to assess your word recognition abilities, your level of discomfort or tolerance to speech stimuli and to determine the correct levels for any amplifying devices, such as hearing aids.

Need to know

The assessment will be conducted in two sound booths within our audiology suite. Your audiologist works from an audiometric equipment room, while you take the tests in our comfortable evaluation room.

You will be need to sit in a booth with headphones on for two speech tests:

  • Speech reception threshold (SRT). Your audiologist will ask you to repeat a list of words to determine how softly you are able to hear words.
  • Word recognition ability. You will be asked to repeat words you hear through your headphones.

Your audiologist will be measuring your clarity and ability to understand speech. The assessment will take 10 minutes.

Your audiologist will inform you how best to prepare for your test.

The audiologist will share your test results with you when you've completed the tests. Your word recognition ability is typically measured as a percentage score.

Your audiologist may want to book you in for a follow-up appointment to discuss your results and the best course of action to take for your individual case. You will be able to return home immediately after the test.

Our hearing specialists

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion

Our Hearing loss assessment locations

The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.