Hearing decline on the increase
In a recent report, the charity Action on Hearing Loss, said the number of people suffering hearing difficulties will rise from one in six, to one in five.
The charity has risen above the parapet and called for more investment in treatment and research into hearing loss.
The report warned that just £1.11 per person with hearing loss is spent researching potential cures, compared with £11.35 for every person with sight loss.
The data shows that there are now 11 million people in the UK with hearing problems, including profound deafness, which is predicted to rise to 15.6 million in two decades.
Why is it happening?
Age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, is the result of a combination of environmental and genetic factors and is the single biggest cause of hearing loss. The UK population is getting older and it is projected that those aged 65 and older will account for 23 per cent of the population in the UK.
Why does it matter?
Untreated hearing loss has been shown to lead to a lower quality of life, including a risk of loneliness and depression, a loss of confidence and problems communicating with other people. This has a knock-on effect on relationships, work and general happiness. There is also strong evidence to suggest that mild untreated hearing loss can double the risk of developing dementia.
Thankfully, this can be easily improved when hearing loss is treated with a solution like hearing aids. It is important that people get treatment for hearing loss as soon as they can. Raising awareness about hearing loss means that more people will be aware of their options and will get treated earlier. This will mean they can have a higher quality of life, and can make positive choices about how they want to live.
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