Hearing Loss Statistics in the UK
When it comes to hearing loss in the UK, the statistics speak for themselves.
1 in 6 people in the UK have some degree of hearing loss.
In terms of what causes the hearing loss, it’s a mix of hereditary factors, ear infections/diseases, exposure to loud noise and, of course, age.
40% of people aged over 50 have some degree of hearing loss, and this rises to 70% in over those over 70.
So, unfortunately, just like getting grey hairs and losing eyesight, hearing gets worse with age. That’s the bad news. The good news is that whilst the problem may be unavoidable, there are things you can do about it.
1 in 30 people have a hearing aid in the UK, but 1 in 10 would have improved hearing abilities IF they had one.
We have many interesting articles about the often overlooked effects of hearing loss, in particular, its link with mental health and well-being. If you’re interested in reading those articles, please click here!
In the developed world, hearing loss is now the most common sensory disability, even more common than eyesight impairment.