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Hearing Loss in the UK Infographic

17 June 2016
Learn More About Hearing Loss in the UK

Hearing Loss in the UK

  • More than 70% of over 70-year-olds have some form of hearing loss
  • 40% of over 50-year-olds suffer some degree of hearing loss
  • 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents
  • 88% suffering both hearing and sight loss are aged 70 or over
  • Age related damage to the cochlea, known as presbycusis, is the single biggest cause of hearing loss
  • 900,000 people are severely or profoundly deaf in the UK, including 45,000 deaf children
  • 1/6 of the population suffer from hearing loss, meaning more than 10 million people in the UK alone
  • On average it takes ten yeas for people to address their hearing loss
  • Swimmer's ear affects 1 in 10 people at some stage of their lives
  • Tinnitus is one of the most common health problems in the UK. Chances increase over 65 years old – far more common in the older demographic
  • 1 in every 1000 children is born with profound hearing loss
  • 6,699,500 people in the UK have hearing aids
  • Otoscelrosis is the abnormal growth of bones stopping sound waves from entering the ear and is most common in 20 - 30 year olds

Hearing Loss and the Workplace

In an Action on Hearing Loss 2013 survey on hearing loss and the work place (422 respondents):

  • 74% or respondents felt their employment opportunities were limited by hearing loss
  • 70% of respondants agreed that hearing loss sometimes prevented
  • 68% agreed they sometimes felt isolated at work because of their hearing loss
  • 48% or nearly hald of respondents in employment used an amplified telephone
  • 30% of respondents in employment used a hearing loop system