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10 hearing helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…

Is your hearing loss getting you down?

Finding it hard to follow conversations can take its toll on relationships, which is one reason why taking action to tackle your hearing loss is important. Despite the fact that deafness can be socially isolating, it can take up to 10 years for people who…

Losing your hearing?

Hearing loss is more common than you may think. In the UK, around one person in six is deaf or hard of hearing. There are several ways to tell that your hearing is going. The most common cause of hearing loss is ageing. Nearly 42% of those…

'Hearing aids make life better'

Thanks to her digital hearing aid, Reena can now hear some sounds for the first time. She explains how hearing aids have transformed her life. Reena Gogna, aged 27 when interviewed, has had severe hearing loss from birth and relies on her hearing aid to…

A guide for disabled festival-goers

Many of the UK's big music festivals provide facilities and staff to assist disabled people. These include accessible toilets and campsites, parking for disabled customers, viewing platforms and welfare support. Planning ahead is the key to staying safe and healthy during your festival, says Suzanne Bull, chief…

Eating disorders explained

Find out the facts about eating disorders, including what they are, who's affected by them and what to do if you need help and support. What is an eating disorder? There are different types of eating disorder, the most common ones being anorexia, bulimia and…

Hearing aids

Your GP can help you get hearing aids if you think you need them. The models available nowadays on the NHS are a great improvement on those used in the past. They're smaller and neater, and they work better too. The earlier you get them,…

Festival survival guide

Music festivals are one of the highlights of the British summer, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans of all ages every year. Whether you'll be moshing in the mud at Reading or drinking and dancing at the V festival, there are common health hazards that can…

MMR vaccine

MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against three separate illnesses - measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) - in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses. Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have…

MenACWY vaccine

Teenagers and "fresher" students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly. This page covers information for England. If you live or are going to university in other areas of the country, click on the links below: MenACWY…