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Audiology

Our audiology team is here to help you manage hearing or balance difficulties, with or without the use of assistive listening devices such as hearing aids. We also investigate the causes of hearing loss and balance problems in support of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) department.

Hearing assessment clinic

Our audiologists provide hearing rehabilitation, along with the fitting and maintenance of hearing aids where appropriate. Your audiologist will ask a variety of questions and perform different tests to help establish how your hearing is working. Some of the procedures that will be carried out during your appointment include:

  • Otoscopy - thisinvolves an audiologist looking into your ears with a magnified light source. The audiologist will be looking at the condition of your ear drum and ear canal
  • Audiometry - your hearing will be tested using an audiometer. An audiometer produces tones via headphones or a head band device. This test helps the audiologist record the minimum sounds that you can hear across the speech frequency range
  • Microsuction - if you have significant wax, the audiologist may ask a doctor or nurse to remove this by microsuction.  This involves using a small vacuum device. If you require this procedure the doctor/nurse will explain it to you in more detail.

Once all the tests have been completed your audiologist will explain the test results and start to discuss what you can do if you are found to have a problem with your hearing. In some cases this may involve referring you onto a specialist doctor.

Adult audiology

Adult audiology

Our audiology team can only see adult patients that have been referred by their GP for assessment for a hearing aid or tinnitus. If you wish to see an audiologist, we need you to make an appointment. We offer appointments at the clinics below, all of which need to be booked directly through our audiology department:

  • Southend Hospital: Monday - Friday 08.30 - 18.00
  • Canvey Outpatients, Long Road: Every first, third & fifth Monday, 09.00 - 16.15, Every Friday 09.00 - 16.15
  • Tyrells Clinic: Thursdays, 08.45 - 16.30
  • Leigh-on-Sea Primary Care Centre: Monday - Friday, 09.00 - 17.00
  • Rayleigh Clinic: Monday 09.00 - 16.30
  • Southend Medical Centre: Tuesday 09.00 - 18.00 

Paediatric audiology

We aim to provide a high quality, efficient and friendly service for all children with suspected audio-vestibular and communication disorders in order for them to achieve their full potential.

All children with hearing concerns will need to be referred to either the ear, nose and throat (ENT) department or to the Paediatric Audiology clinic at the Lighthouse Child Development Centre. Babies tested through the newborn hearing screening program will be referred directly to our audiology team where required.

If you would like your child to see your named audiologist for a hearing review we need you to make an appointment. If you child needs there hearing aid repaired we offer appointments at the clinics below, all of which need to be booked directly through our audiology department:

  • Southend Hospital: Monday - Friday, 08.30 - 18.00
  • Lighthouse Child Development Centre - (Limited times)

Specialist Teacher for the Hearing Impaired - also known as Teacher of the Deaf (sTOD)

The sTOD role is to support and advise on effective provision for hearing impaired children who are identified through SEN Code of Practice Procedures (usually at school/Early Years Action+ or statements of Special Educational Need). The sTOD service provides support for the following children who wear hearing aids:

  • Pre-school children who have a diagnosis of significant long term bilateral hearing loss and have been referred by a health authority to Special Educational Needs and Psychology Service (SENaPS)
  • School age children who have been diagnosed of significant long term bilateral hearing loss, have therefore been designated as having exceptional medical needs by SENaPS, and who have been referred by a health Authority or educational psychologist for support at School Action + level.

Children with a unilateral loss may be visited on a one-off basis in response to a health referral, in order to provide advice to the family and/or school.

Contact us

Audiology department:       01702 385019

Brentwood Community Hospital (for appointments) : 01702 385576