Hearing problems

Losing your hearing?

In the UK, there are an estimated 9 million deaf and partially hearing people. Are you one of them?

Is your hearing loss getting you down?

If you think you may be losing your hearing, it's important to tackle the problem before it affects your relationships.

Get your hearing tested

There are lots of ways to get a five-minute free hearing check either on the high street, by phone or online.

Hearing aids

Today’s NHS hearing aids are slimmer, lighter and smaller than ever before. They come in funky colours, too.

Top 10 tips to help protect your hearing

It’s never too early, or too late, to start looking after your hearing. Go on our ‘noise diet’ to protect your ears.

'Hearing loss isn't funny'

Actress, Rula Lenska, lost her hearing after an ear infection on a diving holiday. She now wears hearing aids in both ears

'Hearing aids make life better'

Reena, 27, explains how she copes with hearing loss and how a digital hearing aid has enhanced her life.

10 hearing helpers

If you have hearing loss, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you.


Tinnitus causes people to hear constant sounds in one ear, both ears or in their head. An audiologist explains the possible causes and effects it often has, such as stress and anxiety, plus how to deal with them. Ashleigh, who was diagnosed with tinnitus in 2005, describes how she copes with it.

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Newborn hearing screening

How newborn hearing screening is carried out, what is screened for, and when you can expect to get the results


Otosclerosis is a common cause of hearing loss in young adults, which results from abnormal bone growth inside the ear


Find out about hyperacusis, an intolerance to sounds that aren't an issue for most other people

Low mood and depression

How to know the difference between feeling low and being depressed, when to see your GP, and what help is available