Loudness Discomfort Levels


Discomfort to loud sounds is a common feature of many inner ear disorders. This test is used to determine the minimum loudness level of a sound that you judge to be uncomfortably loud. It is an essential test for patients undergoing hearing aid assessment and fitting in order to calibrate the device appropriately.


You will hear a series of bleep sounds at various tone frequencies getting gradually louder, and you will be asked to press a button as soon as the sound becomes uncomfortable.

Self-pay and insured patients are welcome

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.