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      How to get a hearing test

      You can get a hearing test on the NHS or from a high street pharmacy or opticians if you think your hearing is getting worse.

      Getting a hearing test on the NHS

      To get a free hearing test on the NHS, see your GP for a referral to a hearing specialist (audiologist).

      When you see your GP, they will ask you questions about your hearing problems and look in your ears with a small torch with a magnifying lens. They may carry out some simple hearing checks. If there’s no obvious cause of your hearing loss that can easily be treated, such as a build-up of earwax, your GP should refer you for a hearing test.

      If you have trouble getting a referral, ask to see another GP for a second opinion. Remember, you have the right to have your hearing tested.

      If you suddenly lose hearing in one or both ears, call your GP or NHS 111 as soon as possible – don’t wait for a GP appointment.

      Getting a hearing test privately

      You don’t need a GP referral to get your hearing tested privately. Many large pharmacies and opticians offer hearing tests and they are often free.

      If the hearing test shows you need hearing aids, you can either go to your GP to get a referral to an NHS audiology service to get free hearing aids, or you can choose to buy them from the pharmacy or opticians.

      Find out what happens in the hearing test

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