Hearing Services

Patients with hearing loss can be referred by their GP to Audiology at Royal Bolton Hospital for impartial assessment for a free digital hearing aid if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have hearing levels which are similar in both ears
  • Have hearing loss which has not been sudden or fluctuating
  • Do not have tinnitus (noises in the ears) or vertigo
  • Have ears which are free from wax, infection, discharge, perforation and skin conditions

Average waiting times for assessment from referral for a free NHS digital hearing aid at Royal Bolton Hospital are less than four days and if it is identified that a hearing aid is appropriate the average wait from assessment to fitting is less than 11 days.

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Screening

Arrangements can be made for groups of elderly people to be screened for hearing loss and ear problems by contacting the Audiology Department.

 

Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repairs

Drop-in repair sessions are available for hearing aid and ear piece maintenance at the following times:

Royal Bolton Hospital Audiology opening times 

Monday-Friday Hearing aid repair and support is now available by appointment only.

For further advice and information on what to do please contact the department on:

 

Telephone 01204 390435

Email audiology@boltonft.nhs.uk

Text messaging 07787 002308

 
 

Please note that adjustment to hearing aid settings is strictly by appointment only.

 

Out-Reach Clinics

All out-reach clinics are closed due to coronavirus until further notice

Support and maintenance is also provided at a range of other locations across the Bolton area in partnership with volunteers.

This service is only for NHS hearing aids supplied by the Royal Bolton Hospital, for replacement batteries and re-tubing.

DAY/TIME CENTRE ADDRESS
1st TUESDAY EVERY MONTH

10.00 – 11.30

BCOM (BOLTON COUNCIL OF MOSQUES) 1 Vicarage Street Bolton BL3 5LE
1st TUESDAY EVERY MONTH

1.00 – 2.30

JUBILEE HOUSE (opposite Moor Lane Bus Station)

BL1 4TU

2nd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH

10.00 -12.00

WESTHOUGHTON LIBRARY Town Centre

BL5 3AT

3rd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH

10.00 – 12.00

BREIGHTMET LIBRARY (next to Breightmet Health Centre) Breightmet Fold Lane, Bolton, BL2 6NT
3rd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH 2.00-4.00          EDGWORTH MEDICAL CENTRE 354 Bolton Road

Edgworth BL7 0DU

4th  TUESDAY EVERY MONTH  10.30 – 12.00

                                                            

DEAF SOCIETY Bark Street, BL1 2AX
1st THURSDAY EVERY  MONTH

10.00-12.00      

BLACKROD LIBRARY

 

Church Street BL6 5EQ
1st THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

2.00  – 4.00

HARWOOD LIBRARY Morrisons Car Park, BL2 3HN
2 nd  THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

9.30 – 12.00

CROMPTON HEALTH CENTRE Meeting Room 3 Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8UP
2nd THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

2.00  –  4.00 

AVONDALE HEALTH CENTRE (Nr Shepherd Cross Street) Avondale Street, Bolton, BL1 4JP
3rd THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

9.30 – 11.00

HIGH STREET LIBRARY High Street, BL3 6SZ
3rd THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

2.00 – 4.00

HORWICH CLINIC (Next door to the Library) Jones Street, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7AJ
4th THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

9.30 – 12.00                                    

LITTLE LEVER LIBRARY Coronation Square

BL3 1LP

4th THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

2.00 – 4.00                                    

WATERS MEETINGS

 Meeting Room 1.

Waters Meeting Road, Bolton, BL1 8TU
1st FRIDAY EVERY MONTH

10.00 – 12.00

HULTON LANE COMMUNITY CENTRE (Opposite the old Hospital) Hulton Lane, Bolton, BL3 4LN
2nd FRIDAY EVERY MONTH

10.00 – 11.15

BROMLEY CROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE (Opposite the library)  The Crescent, Bolton, BL7 9JU
3rd FRIDAY EVERY MONTH

2.00 – 4.00                                    

FARNWORTH LIBRARY Market Street, BL4 7PG

A home visit service is available for all hearing aid work if patients are housebound.

Batteries are available from the department, at outreach clinics or by post. We need your old batteries and the service book, and if you are asking for batteries by post, we also need a 1st or 2nd class large letter stamp for the return postage.

 

Existing Hearing Aid Users

If you haven’t been seen for over five years or are having difficulty with your NHS hearing aid please contact the department to arrange an appointment.

 

Tips for hearing aid problems

A hearing aid may whistle for the following reasons:

  • Wax or infection in the ear
  • Hole in the tube
  • Ear mould incorrectly inserted
  • Poor fitting ear mould

A hearing aid may stop working for the following reasons:

  • Wax or condensation in the tube – check the tube is not blocked
  • Dead battery or battery in the wrong way round
  • Faulty aid

Contact the Audiology Department or attend a repairs session if you aren’t able to correct the problem yourself.

 

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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