What should I do if I have sudden hearing loss?
If you have sudden hearing loss, contact your GP for an urgent referral to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. If you can't see your GP for any reason, go to your nearest accident and emergency department. At the hospital, an ENT specialist should carry out detailed tests to assess the degree and type of hearing loss you have. You may need to stay in hospital for appropriate treatment, or you may be treated as an outpatient.
What can cause sudden hearing loss?
Causes of sudden hearing loss include:
Information and support
If you've experienced sudden hearing loss, our Information Line is here to provide confidential support. Call 0808 808 0123 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org