How do I get a hearing aid?

If you are losing your hearing, you might find yourself struggling to communicate, which can affect your confidence and your quality of life.

  • Do your family and friends complain that you have the television too loud?
  • Do you have problems using the telephone?
  • Are you finding it difficult to hear in social situations, such as parties or in a restaurant?
  • Do you often mishear what people say or think that somebody has said something different?
  • Do you often ask people to repeat things?

Most hearing loss occurs very gradually and you may not be aware that your hearing is changing. If you think you might be starting to struggle with your hearing, the first thing to do is visit your family doctor (GP) to get a referral.


It is important to mention if your hearing seems worse in one ear or if you have experienced any other ear related symptoms, such as pain, tinnitus or difficulties with balance. If you have experienced hearing loss which has occurred suddenly, or over a period of no more than three days, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Your GP can examine your ears for a build up of earwax which may be affecting your hearing. If it seems that you have too much wax, the doctor may give you ear drops to soften the wax and make it easier to remove. You may then need an appointment with a nurse to remove the wax.
If you do not have a wax build up, or your hearing is not improved by wax removal, your GP may arrange a hearing test or carry out a simple hearing test using a tuning fork to discover more about the type of hearing loss you may have.

If the GP feels a full assessment could be helpful and you fit certain criteria, you may be referred directly to us here in Audiology.

Otherwise, your GP may refer you to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist. We offer services in a variety of convenient locations, meaning you shouldn’t have to travel too far and your GP will discuss these options with you. 

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