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Ask your Pharmacist: What does a hearing test involve?

Monday, 14th April, 2014 11:49am

Ask your Pharmacist: What does a hearing test involve?

Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar. Tel 0449334591. If you have any health questions e-mail them to


I’m in my thirties and I feel that my hearing is not as good as it was. For example, I find it hard to follow conversations when in a noisy atmosphere (eg) a bar. I see you offer hearing tests in your pharmacy. Can you tell me what is involved?

JR, Mullingar


A hearing test is a quick and painless way of determining if you have a hearing loss. Whelehans now offer free hearing tests and we are often asked, what does a hearing test involve. Correct hearing tests provides us with a full knowledge and understanding of your hearing loss. Our hearing test is performed by a hearing specialist called an audiologist. As client safety is a priority for our audiologist, he first needs to establish if it’s safe to proceed with the hearing test or to refer the client to a doctor for further examination. A brief case history followed by an examination of the ear canal through a video otoscope determines if it is safe to proceed with the test. These steps check for possible undiagnosed medical conditions, obstructions, ear wax or other conditions that may require onward referral to a doctor.

If the results of these checks are satisfactory then the specialist can perform the hearing test. This is a two part test. The first part of the test involves pure tones being presented via headphones at different intensities and frequencies. The purpose of this exercise is to find the faintest sound at each frequency which is plotted on a chart called an Audiogram. This allows the specialists to compare to the results with the average normal hearing range. The second part involves a bone conduction test which will establish the type of hearing loss present.

After your test

The results of the hearing test enables the specialist to determine the type and degree of hearing loss present, if any, and will then advise you to whether it can be treated medically or if hearing appliances are required. The specialist will also explain your full rights and any entitlements that may be available to you. Hearing tests are now available in Whelahans pharmacy n Mondays, and are carried out by fully trained specialists. The test is carried out free of charge, and is available to everyone over 18 years of age. Call Whelehans at 04493 34591 for a free appointment.

For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans, log on to or dial 04493 34591.

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