Hearing Matters

Hearing Matter infographicHearing Loss is major public health issue that affects more than 11 million people across the UK.

Our new report Hearing Matters presents the latest evidence and sets out what action needs to be taken to improve the lives of people with hearing loss and to remove barriers in their way.

Unaddressed Hearing Loss can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing:

  • People with hearing loss are more likely to experience emotional distress and loneliness.
  • Hearing loss doubles the risk of developing depression.
  • People with hearing loss are at least twice as likely to develop dementia.

Governments across the UK now say they want to tackle the growing impact of hearing loss, but local action is needed to make sure NHS hearing aids aren’t cut, investment in hearing research meets the growing level of need, and people with hearing loss are able to access shops and services, health and social care and employment.

Our Hearing Matters report gives all our findings and recommendations for government. Read a summary of our recommendations.

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Or you can read the recommendations for the devolved governments:

Taking action 

We need your help to make things better for people who are deaf or have hearing loss and encourage people to look after their hearing.

We campaign to improve access to services and to make sure people with hearing loss get the treatment and support they need. Find our more about what we're doing and how you can get involved.

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You can download data on the number of people with hearing loss for every NHS and local authority area in the UK:

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What we want from government

Read our main recommendations from Hearing Matters.
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