The Adult Audiology Department specialises in assessing, diagnosing and treating hearing and balance problems. Our highly skilled team of audiologists use a range of tests to assess hearing and can fit hearing aids for patients as necessary. We also provide therapies and counselling for tinnitus (noises in the ears), balance tests and rehabilitation, hearing screening for adults with learning disabilities and a paediatric (child) to adult service transition process for young hearing aid users.

Our Audiology Department is one of the few services nationally that provides a hearing screening service specifically for adults with learning disabilities and the innovative model of care developed in Bolton has been acknowledged and publicised nationally.

We have excellent levels of patient satisfaction because of our high quality, patient centred care and our services are in locations across the Bolton area. Staff work closely with the Ear, Nose and Throat department (ENT). The main audiology base is at the Royal Bolton Hospital where we provide hearing and middle ear function tests for patients who have appointments with ENT . Further tests can be provided to help the diagnosis and to decide on suitable rehabilitation.

Treatments and services offered

For more information on the services we offer please follow the links below:

Hearing Services



Adults with Learning Disabilities

Advanced Practitioner Clinics

Tests and appointments, what’s involved

Opening times

Audiology has extended opening hours five days a week for appointments, with short waiting times for service and test results. Interpreters can be booked for appointments if notice is given.

Updated 17th July 2020

The department has started a phased return of service for patients requiring appointments or home visits.

Unfortunately all our out-reach clinics across Bolton remain closed at present.

Please be assured we will do our best to continue to support our patients as best we can.

Our repair service is open but by appointment only, we request that patients in need of a repair or support contact the department in the following ways for further advice:

  • Telephone 01204 390435
  • Email
  • Text messaging 07787 002308

We continue to urge all our patients to follow the latest Government advice.




For details of hearing aid repair drop-in sessions please see the Hearing Services section.


For further information about our department and useful advice please follow the link below:

Further information and advice 

Visitor restrictions

To protect you and our staff during the current outbreak of Covid-19 we’ve put in place significant restrictions on hospital visitors.

Full details of these can be found on our website.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and helping us stop the spread of Covid-19.

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