– Another test is called Tympanometry, it's where I get a big tin-pan and bash you over the head with it! – Seriously? (playful music) – [Announcer] Hallux's Hearing Helpdesk.

(roaring) (loud electronic music) – Turn it down, Professor! It's too loud! – What? Hang on, I'll turn the volume down.

Although, if you ask me,that wasn't loud at all.

I could barely hear it.

– You have definitely gota problem with your hearing if you think that wasn't loud.

Look, I've spoken with yourdoctor and we've arranged for you to have your earschecked by an audiologist, Dr.

Melanie Malleus.

She's a very good audiologist.

– Malleus? Malleus? Now that name rings a bell.

Now, where.

? (bleeping) – [Doctor's Secretary] Professor Hallux, to room three, please.

(door creaks) – Nanobot, Hallux, great to see you.

– Oof, no need to shout! My hearing seems to come and go, Doctor.

At the moment, it's righthere inside my head.

– Well, I understand you'vebeen having some trouble with your ears since theScientific Swimming Gala.

So, I'm going to givethem a thorough check.

And you don't have tocall me Doctor Malleus, you can call me Mel.

– Smell? Oh, dear, that's an unfortunate name.

What were your parents thinking? – Professor! – Mel! – Ha! Only joking! Got you there, didn't I? – Oh, very funny.

So, why don't we get started? – Yes, let's.

– The first thing I needto do is have a good look inside your ear withmy special flashlight.

It is called an Otoscope.

– Oh, it looks a bit like a pen with a pointy microscope on the top! – A bit, yes.

I'm going to gently placeit in your ear, Professor, to have a really goodlook inside your ear.

If we can see daylight, itmeans you haven't got a brain and that's a lot more a serious problem.

(wind howling) Okay, I made that last bit up.

As well as looking into your ear, I have a number of waysto test your hearing.

We often do these in asoundproof room like this one.

(door slamming shut) – Yes, I noticed itwas very quiet in here.

Why do you need a soundproof room? – So no-one outside can hear your screams.

(dramatic music) Sorry, just a joke there.

Just trying to relax you.

– I think I'd be a lot more relaxed if you stop talking about screaming.

– Oh, all right, spoil sport.

It's soundproof so you canconcentrate on the tests, some of which involve very quiet sounds.

I might need to put someheadphones on you also.

– Brilliant! Some nice music to relax me? – Uh, nope.

Don't get excited, you'renot about to hear a load of really cool tunes, notunless this is your idea of a cool tune: (bleeping).

Not likely to get you dancing, is it? The beeps are made by a special machine called an audiometer,which produces sounds at different volumes and pitches.

(bleeping) – That's a bit more like rock music!.

– Every time you hear a sound, I want you to press this button toshow you've heard the beep.

(buzzing) I'm going to test each ear by themselves.

First, we'll start with your right ear.

– I think I can manage that.

– Another test is called Tympanometry, it's where I get a big tin-pan and bash you over the head with it! – Seriously? – Oh, okay, only joking! I don't hit you overthe head with anything.

Tympanometry is a way ofchecking how your eardrum moves.

It can also see if youhave anything gloopy blocking your middle ear.

(ringing) The gloop could be waxy,lumpy, or maybe like that watery snot you getin the back of your throat when you've got a cold.

(snoring) – Charming! – Whatever it is, it'sabsolutely no help in your ear because it can make thingssound rather muffled, like when you get waterin your ears at the pool.

If everything looks okay with your ear but you still can't hear,I might need to check to make sure the soundsare going to your brain.

I'd just need to placesome stickers on your head and connect them to my computer.

I know it might look like I'mtrying to read your mind.

(bleeping) But it's just to checkthat the sounds are going to your brain okay.

And even though it sounds abit weird, it doesn't hurt.

At most, the stickers might tickle at bit.

That's all.

– This hearing test sound quite fun.

Okay, not as much fun as riding a bike or sitting down with a massivebowl of choccy ice cream.

– Yes, they're really not difficult and shouldn't hurt a bit.

So are you ready for us to start? – Ready and raring to go.

– [Announcer] Hallux's Hearing Helpdesk.

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