Audiology (hearing)

What we do

We help patients affected by problems with hearing or tinnitus. Our team includes audiologists, assistant audiologists and administrators, and we liaise closely with Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) consultants and other professionals.

The Audiology Department is a recognised training centre for the Aston University, Birmingham and usually has placement students gaining valuable clinical experience.

View information on Tinnitus click here and Hyperacusis click here.

Referral

Audiology is a major support service to ENT but also operates independently accepting GP referrals for many of its services. For new patients over the age of 55 with no active ear disease, please ask your GP to refer you to audiology using a written referral sent directly to the Audiology Department. For patients with additional ear problems and under the age of 55, please ask your GP to refer you to ENT.

We also run a Specialist Hearing Clinic for adults with complex hearing losses or co-existing conditions and your GP can refer you to be seen on this clinic. Please click here for more information.

Walk-in sessions and Battery Collection

You can collect hearing aid batteries from Warwick Hospital, Stratford Hospital and Ellen Badger Hospital without and appointment between the receptions opening times. We also have battery centres in the local area please see the link below for full details.

Battery Centres

From January 2016 you will be able to collect one packet of hearing aid batteries per hearing aid provided from any of centres listed. Exclusions do apply - the full policy is available below.

Battery Policy

If you are having issues with you hearing aids walk-in sessions are available at Warwick Hospital if your hearing aid was issued by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. During these sessions you will be seen on a first-come first-served basis and they are run at the following times:

  • Monday: 13:00 – 18:00
  • Tuesday: 08:00 – 12:00
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 08:00 – 18:00
  • Friday: 09:00 – 12:00

The busiest time in a Monday afternoon, particularly between 1pm and 3pm. You may wish to consider this when booking in.

Please note the department is not open on Bank Holidays.

If you would like to attend Stratford Hospital and/or Ellen Badger Hospital (Shipston on Stour) then please contact us to arrange an appointment for a Hearing Aid Repair:

Tel: +44(0)1926 482668

During the walk-in session we can:

  • Retube your hearing aid – this needs to be done every 6-9 months
  • Replace your open fitting tube and dome – this needs to be done every 6 months
  • Make slight adjustments to the sound of your hearing aid
  • Make a new ear mould if appropriate (please note your ears must be clear of wax in order for us to take impressions for new ear moulds).
  • Replace a faulty hearing aid
  • Replace lost hearing aids - From 1st July 2015 there will be a charge up to a maximum of £100 per hearing aid. The hearing aid(s) will only be issued after payment has been confirmed. Exclusions apply – please click here for full details.
  • Instruct on battery insertion, cleaning, ear mould insertion and use of the controls
  • Advice on assistive listening devices and communication strategies
  • Inform you about support groups and other related services

Please note if you suspect a problem with wax or an infection we recommend visiting your GP before attending the walk-in-clinic.

In some cases we may need to arrange a further appointment after seeing you on the walk-in-clinic in order to solve all issues or to have you hearing loss reassessed.

If you are unable to attend one of the walk-in clinics, you can post your hearing aid for repair to: Audiology, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick, CV34 5BW. We’d appreciate it if you could kindly send your hearing aid to us via recorded delivery, packaged securely. You should also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope in which we can return the hearing aid safely to you. This will then be returned to you via recorded delivery to ensure safe return. Hearing aid repairs are free of charge on the NHS, however, there is no funding to cover postage and packaging. We also ask that you include a short note to explain the problem you are having with the hearing aid.

Contact and location

Tel: +44 (0)1926 482668
Email: Audiology.Services@swft.nhs.uk
Audiology Department, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Lakin Road, Warwick, CV34 5BW.

How to find Audiology

Warwick Hospital
Please enter the outpatients department and walk straight towards the main reception. Proceed straight ahead following the orange stickers on the floor. Turn right in to the green waiting area and follow the orange stickers to the left to Hearing Services reception.

Stratford Hospital
If you park in the multi-storey car park please leave through the pedestrian exit and turn to your left. You will see the Outpatients department straight ahead of you. Once there go through the automatic doors and you will find main reception on your right hand side. Please let them know you have arrived for your appointment. The Audiology room is straight ahead of you signed as ‘Hearing Services’.

Ellen Badger Hospital
Please enter through main reception at the front of the hospital and let main reception on your right know you are there for an appointment. Follow the signs for Speech and Language Therapy straight ahead of you and down a slope. Then turn to your right and there is a small waiting area ahead of you with pink chairs. Please wait there to be called by Audiology.

Preparing for your appointment

Your initial assessment will be with a member of the Audiology team and will last up to an hour.

During this appointment we will:

  • Talk to you about your hearing problems and the impact it is having on your quality of life.
  • Go through some medical questions- we ask you to bring a list of current medication with you to this appointment.
  • Complete some diagnostic hearing tests.

Based on the results we will go over your treatment options with you. Treatment options may include managing without technology, the use communication tactics, the use of assistive listening devices, the fitting of hearing aids or an onward referral. There are benefits and limitations of each treatment option and the Audiologist will discuss these with you allowing you to make a decision on your treatment. For more information about treatment options please click here to see our option grid.

For more information about being new to hearing loss and what to expect from your hearing assessment please click here.

At the end of your appointment you will be given a leaflet about what has been agreed with you. An example of this leaflet can be found below.
Your hearing assessment explained

The Audiologist will go through a thorough examination using the most appropriate tests and procedures to support you. If you would like to know more about the range of tests we can undertake please see the leaflet linked below.
Tests and procedures

Adult rehabilitation and hearing aids

We are currently using a wide range of behind-the-ear hearing aids from different manufacturers, including Oticon, Starkey and Phonak. We will offer you the most appropriate hearing aid(s) for your hearing loss. (Please note that in-the-ear hearing aids are not routinely available).

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You will be given an instruction leaflet for your hearing aid. The model or type of hearing aid you have can be found by looking at the underside of the hearing aid. If you mislay your leaflet and would like a replacement please ask the audiologist at the next appointment you have.

It’s not unusual to find that it takes a while to get used to your new hearing aid. Your hearing aids should make the sounds you find difficult to hear louder. They can’t give you perfect hearing, but they should help you to hear speech and everyday sounds, such as the television or the doorbell, more clearly. Wearing hearing aids should never make sounds uncomfortably loud or make your hearing worse and if you experience this then please come back to see us.

Most hearing aids are also designed to reduce certain kinds of background noise but they do not eliminate the noise completely and so using other clues (such as lip-reading) can help.

As well as wearing your hearing aid as much as you can to get used to the sound and get the most from it, there are a number of other things you can do to help yourself. Click here to view useful advice whether you do or don’t wear a hearing aid.

In your appointment you will provide with an instruction booklet, which will provide you with everything you need to know. An example of this leaflet can be found here:

Your hearing aids explained

Another useful resource is a range of videos which can provide you with information about your hearing aids. These have been developed by the National Institute of Health Research and cover the following areas:

  • Getting to know you hearing aids
  • How to insert your hearing aids
  • What to expect when wearing hearing aids
  • Adapting to wearing hearing aids
  • Communication tactics
  • Using the phone and other devices
  • Hearing aid care and troubleshooting

Please click on the link below to access each of these videos

C2Hear - Advice on hearing aids and communication that has been developed by hearing aid users and audiologists

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