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      Our research and evidence

      Social research is a vital part of what we do. Our research guides us and helps us provide support and care, invest in technology and treatments and campaign for equality.

      Our research and evidence informs our work, including our campaigns and helps us influence government, business and employers, and raise awareness of the issues facing people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss.

      Our Hearing Matters report reviews the state of the nation's hearing and presents the latest evidence on the impact of deafness and hearing loss on millions of people across the UK. The report cover all the areas we work on and sets out what actions need to be taken to tackle deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss across three areas:

      - Support and care

      - Technology and treatments

      - Equality

       
      Hearing Matters contains important recommendations for reducing service gaps, increasing investment in hearing research, and improving the accessibility of health, social care, education, employment and entertainment.The agenda set by Hearing Matters informs all the work we do.

      We also regularly carry out research to gain a better understanding of the life experience of people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. Some of our most recent research projects have focused on employer attitudes to hearing loss, lipreading support and the problem of background noise in cafés, bars and restaurants:

      • As part of our Working for Change campaign we commissioned the opinion poll company YouGov to survey business leaders and we also interviewed people in business to identify good practice that can be replicated across the country.
      • Our Managing Hearing Loss when Seeking or in Employment report tested out different approaches to delivering lipreading support to people with hearing loss. We surveyed people with hearing loss to find out more about how they would like to receive support and the best of ways of delivering support outside of working hours.
      • Over 1,450 people who completed our Speak-Easy survey told us that background noise is a huge problem for them when they are eating out. On the basis of this research, we produced a guide which outlines some simple steps cafés, bars and restaurants can take to reduce background noise and make their services fully accessible for people with hearing loss.

      We want you to get involved in our research and tell us what matters to you. Your views and experiences will help us shape the direction of our work.

      Find out more about our key facts and figures and how you can get involved in our research.

      Find our research reports and executive summaries here.

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