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Hearing loss can affect people at any age. In the UK, about 9 million people are deaf or hard of hearing. The likelihood of moderate to profound deafness rises in the over 60s, but a considerable number (about 20,000 in the UK) are children aged up to 15 years old.

It is not appropriate for NHBRU to provide detailed clinical advice on individual cases. If you think you or your child has a hearing problem, we advise you to first see your GP (family doctor). A number of UK-based hearing charities also provide a lot of reliable information and resources about deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. There are factsheets and leaflets that you can obtain free by downloading them directly from their website. For those times when you need a more personal touch, charities offer a National freephone telephone service where friendly advisors are on hand to offer confidential and impartial advice and information.

Action on Hearing Loss (Formerly RNID)
Website: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
General Information Line: +44 (0) 808 808 0123
Tinnitus Information Line: +44 (0) 808 808 6666

British Society of Audiology
Website: www.thebsa.org.uk
General information line: +44 (0) 118 966 0622
Email: bsa@thebsa.org.uk

British Tinnitus Association
Website: www.tinnitus.org.uk
General Information Line: +44 (0) 800 018 0527

Deafness Research UK
Website: www.deafnessresearch.org.uk
General Information Line: +44 (0) 808 808 2222

National Deaf Children's Society
Website: www.ndcs.org.uk
General Information Line: +44 (0) 808 800 8880

Nottingham Tinnitus Support Group
Website: www.nottingham-tinnitus.org.uk
General Information Line: +44 (0) 115 911 1661
Email: info@selfhelp.org.uk

The Ear Foundation
Website: www.earfoundation.org.uk
General information line: +44 (0) 115 942 1985
Email: info@earfoundation.org.uk