Hearing problems

Hearing loss

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

Many people with hearing loss would benefit from wearing a hearing aid. Find out about the main types available and how to get them.

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.


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


Read about hyperacusis, an intolerance to sounds that aren't an issue for most other people. Find out about the symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Tinnitus (BSL version)

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.

Media last reviewed: 19/06/2015

Next review due: 19/06/2018

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