Age-related damage to the cochlea, known as presbycusis, is the single biggest cause of hearing loss. It is the result of a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
Have you been exposed to loud noise and are finding it difficult to follow conversations over background noise, or have ringing in your ears?
If you are deaf or if hearing loss runs in your family, genetic information may help identify the cause of your condition and whether you are likely to have a child who is deaf.
If you have a sudden hearing loss in one or both ears and there is no obvious temporary cause, it's important to see an ear, nose and throat specialist urgently so you can benefit from treatment straight away.
Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs are associated with hearing loss so, if you are on medication and experience hearing loss, balance problems or tinnitus, you should see your doctor to see if there may be a link.
Some hearing loss is caused by an acoustic neuroma - a benign tumour that presses on your balance and hearing nerves. It's treatable so you should speak to your GP and get a referral to a hospital.
If you're losing your hearing and struggling to communicate, you may find that your quality of life is affected. Hearing aids and other forms of management can help you to...
If you think you may have hearing loss, taking our hearing check and seeing your GP can be the first steps to getting a diagnosis and the help you need...