12 January 2015

20% of the UK population will suffer from hearing loss in 2031

Hearing loss has for too long been ignored, overlooked and disregarded, a UK commission has found.

By 2031, nearly 20% of the population of the UK will have a hearing loss. Today, it is estimated that 10 million people in the UK experience hearing loss, which is about one person in six. In 2031, this figure is expected to rise to 14.1 million people.

The figures are taken from the report from “The Commission on Hearing Loss” which has been set-up by the International Longevity Centre-UK.

The report from the Commission on Hearing Loss also states that while 10 million people in the UK have a hearing loss, only 2 million out of 6 million who could benefit from hearing aids have hearing aids and that 30% of these do not regularly use them.

Hearing loss on the agenda

The commission found that for too long hearing loss has been ignored, overlooked and disregarded despite the millions who experience hearing loss and live with its consequences.  The report says that hearing loss must be made a greater priority in the UK, that it must be ensured that more people have access to good hearing health care services and that the UK is ready to deal with hearing loss.

The International Longevity Centre-UK is a leading think tank on longevity and demographic change.

The Report can be found here.

Source: www.ilcuk.org.uk

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