The HearScreener Kiosk - the new way to quickly assess your hearing
Have you ever wondered whether you might be experiencing some degree of hearing loss but don’t want to go through the bother of arranging a full hearing assessment to find out?
If so, help may be at hand as our new HearScreener booths may be able to quickly and easily indicate whether you need to see a professional about your hearing.
These kiosks (which are currently operating on a trial basis in our Cardiff and Staines shops) are free to use by anyone and can very quickly give you an instant indication of your hearing levels.
Hearing loss is a blight which affects millions of people in this country but it can be a problem many people simply don’t know they are experiencing because the loss can be such a gradual process which occurs over many years.
However, there are some key indicators which can be a sign that your hearing is undergoing loss and these include being unable to understand words against a background of noise, asking people to repeat themselves often or getting told off for having the television or radio up too loud.
If these indicators are ringing a bell with you and you live within the area of our Cardiff or Staines shop, you can now quickly and easily assess yourself as to whether you will require a fully trained hearing aid audiologist to perform a full assessment on you.
What is the HearScreener?
Quite simply it is a standalone pedestal which contains an inlaid tablet device which can quickly and accurately give you a qualitative assessment of your current hearing levels.
Operated using very simple touch screen controls, the whole process will only take around five minutes or so and can be performed by anyone at any time in either of our Cardiff or Staines shops. Hopefully when word spreads about how good they are we can roll them out across all of our branches so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of the HearScreener!
If you are concerned that you are not computer savvy you don’t have to worry because the screener uses very simple touch screen controls which are easy enough to be used without any outside help. However, if you do require any assistance whilst using the booth our friendly staff will always be on hand to help you out in any way they can.
When the assessment has been completed you will instantly be given a score (as a percentage) which will put you in one of three easy to understand colour bands of green, amber or red:
- Green – This is the band for people who achieve a score of 95% or more
If you are in this band then it is likely that your hearing is actually ok, but you should reconsider redoing the test at a future date
- Amber – This is for people who score between 75%-95%
If you fall in this bracket then it is likely that you suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
No matter what score you get in this bracket, if you get an amber result you should certainly consider letting a hearing aid audiologist perform a professional hearing test on you so that you can gain a better understanding of your own hearing loss and to discover whether a hearing aid would be beneficial for you.
- Red – This is for anyone who score under 75%
Should you fall into this bracket you are highly likely to be experiencing some form of hearing loss and you should almost certainly arrange to undergo a full hearing aid test with a fully qualified hearing aid audiologist.
What does the assessment involve?
The assesment is a quick and simplified way of looking for the indicators of hearing loss and will involve three seperate stages.
Rather than asking you to perform anything technical or bombarding you with any technical jargon, the assessments are simple and straightforward to do as they simply involve asking you to either match or confirm what you hear by pressing a button on the touch screen.
The first test – this involves you hearing a letter being spoken above some background noise. All you have to do is press the letter you hear on the screen.
The second test – A voice will state a series of words and you have to judge whether the word ends with an s or not.
The third test – The final test involves listening to a voice state a series of words over the noise of background music and you have to try and match the word on the screen
Put your mind at rest with the HearScreener
If you visit one of our Cardiff or Staines branches in the near future and you are worried in any way that your hearing might be worsening, why not give this simple test a go?
If you are concerned in any way about your hearing but for some reason have never got round to arranging a full assessment, this screener can give you an instant idea of whether you need to get fully checked or not.
Taking only five minutes to perform, the results of this test could be the kick-start you need to seek out the help you need to help your hearing and to help improve your quality of life.
Don’t fight against hearing loss because it’s not a fight you can win - get the answer you need today by using one of our new HearScreeners.
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