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      Diagnosing hearing loss and deafness

      How is hearing loss diagnosed?

      Do you find that you are turning up the TV too loudly for others, or that you are struggling to follow conversations or hear on the phone? If you answer yes to any of these questions, or if you have concerns that your hearing isn't what it used to be, you can take our quick and easy hearing check.

      It isn't a full hearing test, but if it does suggest you have hearing loss, we’ll send you the results. If you take these to your GP, it might make it easier for you to get a referral to an audiologist (hearing specialist) for further tests. Find out more about getting a referral from your GP on our seeing your GP page.

      Where can I get my hearing tested?

      Your GP can refer you to an NHS audiology service for a free hearing test, or you can choose a private hearing provider. Remember that hearing aids, if you need them, are free from the NHS, but that you'll have to pay if you go privately.

      How do I have my baby's hearing tested?

      All newborn babies are offered a hearing test in the first few weeks after birth. The tests helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as soon as possible so that parents can get the support and advice they need.

      If you're a parent, parent-to-be or carer for a newborn baby, see our factsheet newborn hearing screening.

      If you have hearing loss, your GP will be able to check for any temporary causes of your condition and refer you to a hearing specialist for further tests and care.

      Having your hearing tested is quick and not uncomfortable and, if you are diagnosed with hearing loss, it could be the first step to getting the help you need to hear better.

      It’s important to know that your baby has hearing loss as soon as possible so that you can give them the best possible chance to develop language, speech and communication skills.