The hearing aid audiologist will perform a thorough examination of the ear (pinna), ear canal (external auditory meatus) and ear drum (tympanic membrane). They will use a hand-held otoscope which is essentially a small torch with magnification that can see into the ear canal. Our audiologists will use a video otoscope which can display the image on a computer.
This can be a fascinating experience as most people never get the chance to see inside their own ears. The audiologist is looking for any abnormalities or tell-tale signs that can indicate possible problems. Normal healthy ears produce wax. Some people can have a build-up of wax in their ears that can cause a temporary hearing loss. If this is the case then this will need to be removed before any further hearing testing can be done. This needs to be performed by a suitably qualified person and in most occasions requires syringing or micro suction. Some hearing aid audiologists can do this themselves but this is relatively rare.