This guideline, developed by the National Guideline Centre (NGC) and hosted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), covers the assessment and management of hearing loss in adults.
Difficulties in hearing can arise from simple problems, such as earwax which blocks the ear canal and can be treated in primary care, through to potentially life-threatening conditions, such as autoimmune disease which needs specialist medical care. The majority of hearing loss is age-related and is well managed with hearing aids without the need for medical care.
Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management aims to identify the correct routes of referral and provide the best management pathway for people with hearing loss
Recommendations in the new NICE guideline include:
Referral for care: