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Your result suggests you do not have hearing loss

Find out what you can do to help protect your hearing for the future.

The online hearing test is a good way to check your overall hearing, but see a GP if you still have concerns about your hearing or have other symptoms such as dizziness, earache or discharge from your ear.

If you’ve experienced sudden hearing loss in one or both ears, contact NHS 111 or your GP as soon as possible.

We recommend you take the online hearing test again in 2 years, or if you notice any changes to your hearing in the meantime.

Protect your hearing

Did you know that loud noise is one of the biggest causes of hearing loss and tinnitus (noise in your ears or head)? It damages the tiny hair cells in the ear, which are needed for hearing.

It’s likely that noise is dangerously loud if:

  • you can’t have a conversation with someone without shouting to be heard
  • you can’t hear properly or have ringing in your ears after being exposed to the noise.

Over time, this level of noise might lead to permanent hearing loss or tinnitus. And the louder the noise, the less time you can be safely exposed to it.

There are simple steps you can take to protect your hearing for the future:

  1. Turn the volume down a notch.
  2. Reduce the time you’re exposed to loud noise.
  3. Carry earplugs with you and use them in noisy venues. The reusable kind designed for music lovers don’t muffle sound – they just make it a bit quieter and a lot safer.

Find out more about protecting your hearing

How are your friends and family hearing?

If you know someone who might not be hearing as well as they used to, send them a link to our online hearing check:

Studies have shown that people with untreated hearing loss have a higher risk of dementia

Will you chip in £2 today and help one other person take the online hearing check and get the support they need?

Page last updated: 2 November 2023

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