Registered Charity no. 218341  |   Telephone: 01872 225 868


Registered Charity no. 218341  |  01872 225 868  |


Deafness, the hidden disability

Facts and figures about hearing loss in the UK

Some facts about hearing loss...
  • It is estimated that 11 million people suffer from some form of hearing loss and that this figure could rise to as many as 15.6 million by 2035. Source:

  • 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf. Source:

  • Hearing loss is the most common form of sensory disability in the developed world. Source:

  • Deafness is a problem that increases sharply with age. Over 70% of people over the age of 70 will have some form of hearing loss. Source:

  • Over 1.1 million people are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels on a daily basis at their place of work. It is therefore vital that we encourage the use of ear protection. Source:

  • Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey report

"An Unfolding Scandal" -  Report on Hearing Loss
Guidance for commissioners of primary care mental health services for deaf people 
Deafness may damage your health
Patient preferences matter

Mental health of Deaf people - Picture from The Lancet featuring the burden of mental health and deafness
Untreated hearing loss has huge impact

“If your reflex is everyone feels lonely sometimes, you would be right. But you would also be understating the loneliness we feel.”

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