Care home residents are disproportionately affected by hearing loss. We estimate that around three-quarters of older people in care homes have a hearing loss and, with an ageing population, more and more residents will be affected.
Our research report, A World of Silence, confirmed that if care home residents' hearing loss is managed effectively, there is a real chance of improving their quality of life.
But, on the flip side, we also identified a worrying trend – hearing loss not being diagnosed and managed properly – flagging up an urgent need for substantial improvements to be made. Managers and staff in care homes must make the effective management of hearing loss a major priority.
Read our recommendations to care homes
Effective management of hearing loss in care homes can make a significant impact on residents’ quality of life. We're calling on the CQC to introduce these standards into the care home environment