hearing matters stats

This section gives you quick access to the main headline statistics about deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus in the UK.

  • There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population. 
  • By 2035, it is estimated that there will be 15.6 million people with hearing loss in the UK - that's one in five.
  • More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf.
  • There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK, plus many more who experience temporary hearing loss.
  • More than 70% of over 70 years-old and 40% of over 50 years-old have some kind of hearing loss.
  • 24,000 people across the UK use sign language as their main language - although this is likely to be an underestimate.
  • There are approximately 250,000 people in the UK with both hearing loss and sight loss. Of these 220,000 are aged 70 or ever.
  • Around 6.7 million people could benefit from hearing aids.
  • On average it takes ten years for people to address their hearing loss.
  • Around one in every 10 UK adults has tinnitus. This increases to 25-30% of over 70 years-old.

For more detailed information, including references to academic research papers, read our major new report Hearing Matters.

Our policy team frequently publish new research, so you can go to their research reports page to find out our most recent facts and figures.

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