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      Hearing Health

      Read our factsheets and leaflets on hearing problems

      These factsheets and leaflets cover a wide range of issues related to the ears and hearing.

      If you think you might have a hearing loss, our leaflet, 'How's your hearing?', is a good place to start. It explains how you can get your hearing tested and gives you an overview of what can help you to hear and communicate better. Our leaflet, 'Ear problems and treatments', gives an overview of how your ears work and the ear-related problems that can cause hearing loss, balance problems or tinnitus.

      For more detailed information, you can read our factsheets on specific ear conditions and procedures such as cochlear implants.

      You can order our free factsheets and leaflets from our helpline.

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      Ear problems and treatments

      In this leaflet we tell you about the common ear conditions that can cause hearing loss and/or balance problems. We explain how the ear works, the problems that can develop in the different parts of the ear, and the treatments available.

      Leaflet
      Updated 3 Jan 2017
      Hearing health

      How's your hearing

      In this leaflet, we tell you how you can get your hearing tested and what can help with hearing loss, so you can get back to what you’ve been missing.

      Leaflet
      Updated 3 Jan 2017
      Hearing health

      Ear wax keeps our ears clean and healthy. It usually works its way out of the ears by itself, but sometimes too much wax can build up and block the ears. This factsheet explains how a build-up of ear wax is treated.

      Factsheet
      Updated 15 Jun 2016
      Hearing health

      This factsheet is for parents of children who have glue ear (also known as ‘otitis media with effusion’). We explain what glue ear is, what causes the condition and how it can be treated. Adults can also develop glue ear, but this is less common.

      Factsheet
      Updated 15 Jun 2016
      Hearing health

      Hyperacusis

      Hyperacusis is increased sensitivity to everyday sounds that causes discomfort and sometimes pain. This factsheet explains what causes hyperacusis, what it can be linked to and what treatment is available.

      Factsheet
      Updated 15 Jun 2016
      Hearing health

      Acoustic neuroma

      An acoustic neuroma is a rare, non-cancerous growth or tumour that develops on the balance nerve between the brain and inner ear, usually causing hearing loss, tinnitus or balance problems. This factsheet explains the causes and symptoms of an acoustic neuroma, and what treatment is available.

      Factsheet
      Updated 25 Oct 2017
      Hearing health

      Dizziness and balance problems

      This factsheet looks at how problems affecting the inner ear can cause long-term dizziness and balance disorders – and how there’s almost always a treatment to help.

      Factsheet
      Updated 15 Jun 2016
      Hearing health

      Newborn hearing screening

      This factsheet is for parents, parents-to-be and carers of newborn babies, who would like to find out more about the NHS newborn hearing screening programme.

      Factsheet
      Updated 5 Sep 2017
      Hearing health

      Otosclerosis

      This factsheet tells you about otosclerosis, a common cause of gradual hearing loss in young adults. It explains what the condition is, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.

      Factsheet
      Updated 1 Aug 2016
      Hearing health

      Ear care when flying

      Many people find that flying can cause pain or discomfort in their ears. This factsheet explains why these ear problems happen, and what you can do to help prevent them, for you and your family.

      Factsheet
      Updated 15 Jun 2016
      Hearing health