Statistics

10 million people with hearing loss in 2011. Predicted to rise to 14.5 million people with hearing loss in 2031.

This section gives you quick access to the main headline statistics about deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus in the UK. You can find out more in our factsheet Facts and figures on hearing loss and tinnitus(PDF 269kb, opens new window).

  • There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population. 
  • From the total 3.7 million are of working age (16 – 64) and 6.3 million are of retirement age (65+).
  • By 2031, it is estimated that there will be 14.5 million people with hearing loss in the UK.
  • More than 800,000 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 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds have some form of hearing loss.
  • There are approximately 356,000 people with combined visual and hearing impairment in the UK.
  • About two million people in the UK have hearing aids, but only 1.4 million use them regularly.
  • At least four million people who don't have hearing aids would benefit from using them.
  • On average it takes ten years for people to address their hearing loss.
  • About one in ten adults in the UK have mild tinnitus and up to 1% have tinnitus that affects their quality of life.

What next?

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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