Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: How you can get help.

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What to do if you lose your hearing during the coronavirus outbreak

If you suddenly lose hearing in one or both ears, you should contact NHS 111 or your GP as soon as possible. You could also visit your nearest urgent treatment centre.

Your hearing loss might not be serious, but it could be a medical emergency. If this is the case, there is a very short window of time for treatment.

Gradual hearing loss

If you think you think you might have hearing loss, you should get a hearing test.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, audiology providers have paused most face-to-face appointments, including non-urgent hearing tests.

As the situation is so uncertain we can’t say when face-to-face appointments are likely to start again. However there are some tips and technology you can try to help you hear better in the meantime.

You can try some communication tips to make conversations easier until you can have a hearing test.

You can also speak to our Information Line for guidance and support.