Coping with hearing loss

If you think, or know, that you have hearing loss, you should seek specialist advice and help. 

Start with your GP and ask for a referral to an audiologist.  Visit our How To Get Help page for information about how to find specialist advice.

Hearing aids need to be of the right type for you, and programmed so that they meet your particular needs. It is possible to buy hearing aids online without such consultation and this is almost certainly going to be a waste of money, and may actually be harmful.

Hearing aids are available on the NHS, provided that you qualify for NHS services generally.

More information about how to get an NHS hearing aid can be found here.

The NHS provides a fairly basic hearing aid, which is still a very sophisticated piece of kit, and which many people find satisfactory. However, it has to be said that many musicians do not find these aids suitable for performing or listening to music. Read more about musicians and hearing aids.

There is a range of different types of hearing aid available privately, which offer different options in terms of appearance, comfort, programmability and sound quality.  All of these are important, including style. It’s often said that the best hearing aid is the one you will actually wear!

You may find it useful to have some idea of what the options are before approaching a specialist. This page will give you an overview of the main types of aid available.  More detailed information can be found from Action on Hearing LossAge UK, and the websites of commercial providers.