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What is Hearing Impairment?

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What is Hearing Impairment?

Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises.

Action on hearing loss estimates that more than 10 million (about 1 in 6) people in the UK have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.

Hearing loss can occur suddenly, but usually develops gradually. General signs of hearing loss can include:

  • difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say
  • asking people to repeat themselves
  • listening to music or watching television with the volume turned up high

If you are having problems with your hearing, or your child is showing signs of hearing difficulty then you should see your GP particularly if you lose the hearing in one ear. If you lose your hearing suddenly you must see your GP as soon as possible.

Your GP can check for any problems and may refer you to an audiologist (hearing specialist) or an ENT surgeon for further tests.

 The National Deaf Children’s Society has published an advice note to local authorities on how they can ensure their new ‘local offers’ will be relevant to deaf children. Please link for further information.

Updated May 2020