We propose the implementation of a nationwide hearing screening programme for older people in the hope of reducing the extent of undiagnosed hearing loss, reducing the stigma around it, increasing the take-up of support and hearing assistive technology (such as hearing aids), enhancing the quality of life of those affected and, ultimately, reducing the costs of health and social care.
National screening programmes can be expensive. However, the benefits of screening can substantially outweigh the costs, bringing about cost-savings in the longer term. We commissioned London Economics to produce a cost benefit assessment of a proposed nationwide hearing screening programme for older people in the UK. The assessment found that, at a cost of £255m over 10 years, £2bn of savings can be delivered through the introduction of a hearing screening programme and interventions for people at the age of 65.