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Boots hearing tests

In the majority of cases, hearing loss is gradual. This can make it difficult to spot when you’re not hearing as well as you used to. Luckily, at Boots Hearingcare it’s simple to get checked and keep track of your hearing health.

Free hearing checks

This is a free 15 minute appointment. It's ideal if you've never had a hearing test before or you have mild concerns about your hearing. The appointment includes a general check of the health of your ears and a hearing screen, where we’ll ask you to respond to a series of sounds played through headphones. The results of your hearing health check will indicate if there are any issues with your hearing that should be explored further in a full hearing test.

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Find out which test is right for you

Should I have a hearing test?

Because hearing loss is so gradual, it’s not always easy to notice if you’re not hearing as well as you used to. Here are some signs you can look out for:
  • The TV is too loud for other members of your family
  • You find it difficult to keep up with conversations when there’s background noise
  • Chatting on the phone is tricky even when the room is quiet
  • You feel like people are mumbling a lot, and you have to ask them to repeat what they’ve said.
Often it’s your loved ones who notice a hearing loss before you do – so they might hint that you’re finding it difficult to hear too.

Hearing loss affects one in six people in the UK. If you’re over 50, we recommend that you have a hearing test every two years to keep an eye on your hearing.

At Boots Hearingcare, they’re completely free and only take 15 minutes – Book online or call us on 0345 270 1600 to book your appointment.

What happens during a hearing test?

A free 15-minute hearing check at Boots Hearingcare is a quick and easy way to find out how well you’re hearing. In your appointment, a Boots Hearingcare expert will…
  • Check the health of your ears
  • Carry out some simple tests to see how well you’re hearing
  • Give you advice about how you can hear better.
If it looks like you might have a hearing loss, we’ll invite you back for a longer, 75-minute appointment so that we can do a more thorough test.
You’re absolutely welcome to bring a friend, partner or family member with you to your hearing test – in fact, it can be really helpful to have someone there to help you remember any advice we give you about your hearing, or to tell us about any situations that they’ve noticed where you aren’t hearing as well as you used to.

How often should I have a hearing test?

It’s important to keep an eye on your hearing, as well as on the health of your ears, to make sure that everything is working as it should. If you’re over 50, we’d recommend you get your hearing checked at least every two years, so that we can make sure your hearing hasn’t changed too much since your last appointment.

Where should I go for a hearing test?

We have around 500 hearingcare centres across the UK, so you won’t need to travel far to find us. Click here to find your nearest Boots Hearingcare.

How much does a hearing test cost?

At Boots Hearingcare, all our hearing tests and appointments are completely free. Why not encourage a friend to come for a hearing test too?

How old do you have to be for a hearing test?

We only offer hearing tests for adults aged 18 and over.

Helping a loved one with hearing loss

Because hearing loss is so gradual, a person with a hearing loss might not even notice it. But it can be frustrating if a loved one seems to be struggling to hear – maybe they have the TV on very loudly, they ask you to repeat yourself a lot, or they have trouble talking to you on the phone. They might even become a little withdrawn and spend less time in social situations because they’re struggling to hear. If you think someone you know has a hearing loss, here are some things you can do for them:
  • Chat in quiet places where there’s less background noise
  • Make sure they can see your face when you talk – lots of people use basic lip-reading without realising
  • Encourage them to book a free hearing check and go with them to their appointment. You could even have your hearing tested too!
  • If they need a hearing aid, make sure you’re patient as they get used to hearing better again
You can read this section to find out about how someone with a new hearing aid gets used to using it.
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