There are lots of ways you can get your hearing tested if it's getting gradually worse.
How to get an NHS hearing test
You can get a free hearing test on the NHS. Your GP may refer you to a hearing specialist (audiologist) who can do the test.
It could take a few weeks to see the specialist. So it will probably be quicker to get tested somewhere else, like at a large pharmacy or opticians.
Other ways to get a hearing test
Online hearing test
You can do a simple online hearing test on the Action on Hearing Loss website.
This can tell you if you need to have a face-to-face hearing test.
Pharmacies and opticians
Lots of large pharmacies and opticians can do hearing tests.
The test is often free, but you'll normally have to pay for any treatment you might need (such as hearing aids).
Some charities offer a free hearing test service, such as:
What happens during a hearing test
You may have a few different tests during your appointment to check if you have hearing loss and find out the cause.
Common hearing tests include:
|Pure tone audiometry||you listen through headphones to different sounds and press a button or raise your hand each time you hear something|
|Speech perception test||similar to a pure tone audiometry test, but you listen to speech rather than sounds|
|Tympanometry||a small device is placed in your ear to check for fluid behind your eardrum|
If you can’t speak to your GP or don’t know what to do next.