If you think, or know, that you have hearing loss, you should seek specialist advice and help. You can also get in touch with the team at Help Musicians UK.
HOW TO GET HELP
Even if you don’t think anything is wrong it is worth having a regular, ideally annual, hearing test as very few people spot the early signs of hearing loss. Typically only some frequencies go, so things don’t get quieter, it’s just that some sounds get less distinct.
Start with your GP and ask for a referral to an audiologist. This is important not only because the GP is the entry point for free NHS services but also because hearing loss may be related to some other condition, and it is good to rule this out, or to deal with the cause.
If you're not happy with the care or treatment you've received or you've been refused treatment for a condition, you have the right to complain, have your complaint investigated, and be given a full and prompt reply. Find out more here.
WE CAN HELP
We are always happy to talk to you and advise you. You can call Help Musicians UK on 020 7239 9103 during 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Whether you want advice on protecting your hearing or are worried that you may have a hearing problem, we can steer you in the direction of specialists who understand the needs of musicians. In some cases we may be able to help in a financial emergency related to hearing loss. We will always try to help you find a solution. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You may also benefit from our Musicians' Hearing Health Scheme.