Did you know that in 2015 over 11 million people in the U.K. had a hearing loss of some description, that’s equivalent to 1 in 6 of us and that by 2035 that number is expected to rise to 15.6 million or 1 in 5. That number is just staggering when you actually stop to think about it. In fact most people probably know someone with a hearing loss of some description, either being from natural loss due to old age or someone that was born with a hearing loss.
1 in 6 of the UK population are affected by some form of Hearing Loss
– Action on Hearing : Hearing Matters
Of the 11 million who have a hearing loss around 900,000 people have severe or profound deafness, at least 24,000 of whom use British Sign Language.
People with hearing loss are less likely to be in work and hearing loss often means people having problems finding a job, fulfilling their potential at work and staying in work. This is due to a number of factors, however a major one is employers attitudes towards hearing loss and this needs to change.
In 2013, it is estimated, that the UK economy lost £24.8 billion in potential economic output because too many people with hearing loss are unable to work.
– International Longevity Centre UK, 2013 – Action on Hearing: Hearing Matters.
However change does seem to be happening with advances in hearing aid and assistive technologies, together with new technologies like Speech to Text, barriers do seem to be being broken down in regards to communication for people with hearing loss. Also there is rapid progress being made in the understanding of the biological causes of hearing loss, things such as Genetic Testing and MRI Scans have given better understanding. It is believed that by 2020, with proper investment, treatments for Hearing Loss and tinnitus could be available and that cures could be available within a generation.
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