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      Research reports

      Find our research reports and executive summaries here.

      Research is a vital part of our work. When we campaign, raise awareness, or work with the media on stories about hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus, we need strong evidence to guide us and support our calls to action. We're constantly developing our research so check back soon for more information.

      Collection contents (29 publications)

      Technology used to aid hearing in background noise: insight from people with hearing loss

      This report describes the findings of our research to discover what technologies people are using to aid communication in background noise, understand how well these technologies are meeting people’s needs – and makes key recommendations for future focus.

      Executive summary
      Updated 16 Oct 2017
      Background noise

      Working for change: improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace

      Our Working for Change report makes recommendations to government, employers and people with hearing loss aimed at changing attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace.

      Working for change: Inequality of opportunity

      Working for change: inequality of opportunity, identifies the barriers to further and higher education, training and employment for people with hearing loss in Northern Ireland

      Executive summary
      Updated 23 Oct 2017
      Employment

      Speak Easy: hearing the views of your customers

      As part of our Speak Easy campaign, in summer 2016 we launched Speak Easy: Hearing the views of your customers - a comprehensive report calling on restaurants, cafés and pubs to reduce background noise.

      Report
      Updated 1 Jul 2016
      Background noise

      Hearing Matters

      Hearing Loss is major public health issue that affects more than 11 million people across the UK. Read our report which outlines updated evidence demonstrating the link between hearing loss and mental health.

      Report
      Updated 19 Nov 2015
      Hearing loss

      Managing hearing loss when seeking or in employment

      Our report, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), details how lipreading and related support can help people with hearing loss stay in, and find, work.

      Time to raise the standards

      The experience of NHS audiology patients in Scotland.

      Progress on pause

      What can be done to improve the experience of people who use subtitles on linear TV and on-demand services? Read our report Progress on Pause, launched in 2015 as part of our Subtitle it! campaign.

      Progress on pause
      Updated 10 Jan 2015

      Quality Time

      Do quality of life issues inform the advice that audiologists give to people with hearing loss?

      Under Pressure

      NHS audiology services provide vital support for people with hearing loss, but they're under significant pressure and without proper investment won't be able to respond to our ageing population's needs.

      Hidden Disadvantage

      Hearing loss is often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disability and the barriers people with hearing loss face in relation to employment are not always obvious – but they’re very real.

      Not just Lip service

      Our ‘Not Just Lip Service’ report provides us with evidence about how lipreading classes can improve communication and help people with hearing loss to live full and independent lives.

      Why people with hearing loss or deafness would benefit from an integrated response to long-term conditions.

      Report
      Updated 4 Jun 2013
      Hearing loss

      Life Support

      Hearing loss and deafness can lead to people feeling isolated and socially excluded. We look at the importance of access to social care and support.

      Evaluation Framework for Adult Hearing Services in England

      A framework for evaluating adult hearing services using outcomes relevant to service users.

      Getting the full picture

      For people who are deaf or have hearing loss, subtitles are vital to their understanding of television programmes.

      Report
      Updated 1 Jan 2013
      Subtitles

      Hearing loss, tinnitus and mental health

      An overview of the research investigating the links between hearing loss, tinnitus and mental health.

      Report
      Updated 8 Jan 2013
      Mental Health

      Work in Progress

      A Disability Charities Consortium report calling for an urgent rethink on employment support for disabled people.

      Report
      Updated 7 Feb 2013
      Employment

      Access All Areas

      A report into the experiences of people with hearing loss when accessing healthcare.

      Assessing provision of adult audiology services and the impact of budget cuts.

      Unlimited Potential ?

      Research into the experiences of people with hearing loss in the workplace.

      Report
      Updated 10 Dec 2011
      Employment

      Seen But Not Heard

      “I suppose they are busy people; don’t have a lot of time. They fit the hearing aid, that's it I suppose. They must just assume once you have got it, it's going to be alright.”

      Hearing Matters 2011

      Our original Hearing Matters report outlines the dramatic evidence showing why the government needs to step up its response to hearing loss.

      Report
      Updated 6 Jan 2011
      Hearing loss

      Read My Lips - A research report into lipreading in Northern Ireland

      This report aims to provide an understanding of the benefits of lipreading for people with an acquired hearing loss and an overview the availability of lipreading classes in Northern Ireland.

      Report
      Updated 6 Jan 2011
      Lipreading

      Cost benefit analysis of hearing screening for older people

      At Action on Hearing Loss we believe in encouraging people to take action and seek help for their hearing loss.

      Open to all

      Exploring the barriers faced by people who are deaf or have hearing loss when accessing public services.

      Report
      Updated 4 Feb 2010
      Access to services

      What's that noise ?

      What's That Noise? A profile of personal and professionals experience of tinnitus in Northern Ireland (2010)

      Opportunity blocked

      Looking at the employment experiences of people with hearing loss.

      Is it my turn yet?

      Is It My Turn Yet? Access to GP practices in Northern Ireland for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted. (2010)