Hyperacusis means increased sensitivity to sounds which therefore appear to be abnormally loud. The normal ear has a dampening mechanism to protect the cochlear hearing hair cells from damage due to excessive sound energy and to enhance their function. This mechanism is controlled by nerve fibers (cochlear efferents) which travel from the brain to the ear with one of the balance (vestibular) nerves. Increased sound sensitivity is a very frequent early symptom of inner ear disease.
This is a basic subjective hearing test to determine your ability to hear various sounds at different tone frequencies.
You will be required to sit in a soundproof booth with headphones and press a button every time you hear a bleep sound, even if it is very faint. You should ignore any rushing sounds used to mask the opposite ear and only react to the bleeps. This test may take up to 20 minutes depending on the results.
This is an objective test of your middle ear function and is useful for determining whether:
You are not required to do anything for this test other than sit very still. The audiologist will hold a soft rubber probe at the entrance of your ear canal and you may feel a slight change of pressure in your ear.
This objective test is to make sure that the stapedius muscle in your middle ear is functioning correctly and providing a protective mechanism by stabilising the hearing bones of the middle ear by contracting to loud sounds.
You are not required to do anything for this test other than sit very still. The audiologist will hold a soft rubber probe at the entrance of your ear canal. You will hear a series of very loud bleeps but you are not required to respond to them.
The Harley Street ENT Clinic has agreed contractual rates with most health insurance companies such as United Healthcare Global, Aviva, Allianz Worldwide Care, Bupa, CIGNA, Simplyhealth, Standard Life (PruHealth), Aetna International and WPA amongst others.
We also deal directly with the insurance companies saving you the trouble of paying first and then reclaiming.
Patients funding their own treatment will be provided with consultation fees and the potential cost of onward treatment at the time of booking their appointment.