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Hearing Loss In Adults – Information for GPs

Referral criteria / commissioning position

Referral to Audiology:

  • Over 50 with age-related sensory deafness
  • Under 50 who have or have had a hearing aid

When referring to audiology it is essential to examine ears and document they are clear from wax otherwise the patient will be sent away without a hearing test.

Refer to ENT:

  • Sudden hearing loss (within 1 week) phone ENT Dr on-call
  • Under 50 years old
  • Vertigo
  • Persistent ear pain
  • Discharge other than wax
  • Marked or proven asymmetrical hearing loss

Tinnitus – refer as per tinnitus pathway

Investigations prior to referral


Information to include in referral letter

Patient information leaflets


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