Age-related damage to the inner ear is the single biggest cause of hearing loss.
Exposure to loud noise is the second biggest cause of hearing loss, after age-related damage to the inner ear.
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, 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.
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...