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      A World of Silence

      Report
      Updated 9 May 2012
      Social care

      Around 400,000 older people live in the UK's care homes and the number is set to grow each year. Making sure these people receive the best care possible is an urgent priority.

      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