Can I be tested if I'm under the age of 50?
Can I be tested if I'm under the age of 50? If I suspect tinnitus do I need to see a GP first or can you diagnose this and its severity during a test?
Age is no barrier to having a hearing test and many people under the age of 50 do just that. Dependent on your perceived level of tinnitus, you may want to visit your GP before having a hearing test to discuss any possible treatment options. This is particularly the case if the tinnitus only occurs in one ear, lasts for more than five minutes at a time, is at different levels/pitches in each ear, or is associated with symptoms of anxiety or depression or leads to sleep disturbance. Whilst occasional tinnitus is very common, any of the above should be medically investigated.