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A UK survey reveals...


almost half of patients diagnosed with hearing loss don’t receive treatment.

A UK survey reveals almost half of patients diagnosed with hearing loss don’t receive treatment.
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The following article appeared in the Dec 17th 2014 edition of Hearing Times.

A new survey launched yesterday reveals an urgent need for better awareness, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, a condition that affects approximately 10 million people in the UK. The survey found that 93% of people with hearing loss knew either nothing or only a little about the condition prior to their diagnosis, while almost half (46%) stated they were not currently receiving any treatment at all.

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The Listen Up Britain survey commissioned by MED–EL, a provider of hearing implant systems, interviewed over 1,300 people including members of the general public, individuals with hearing loss and parents of children with hearing loss. The results of the research also revealed that:

  • Nearly one in five people said that if they had the symptoms of hearing loss, they would completely ignore it

  • Only 12% of people were aware of the true scale of hearing loss in the UK

  • Only 3% knew that people wait an average of 10 years between first noticing signs of hearing loss and getting tested

  • Nearly half of everyone questioned (44%) attributed the delay to the often gradual onset of the condition

  • 73% of people said that they knew someone with hearing loss


Commenting on the results, Sharmila Patel, a leading audiologist at St. George’s Hospital, London, said, “The Listen Up Britain survey provides further evidence of the lack of awareness and action around hearing loss in the UK. This is an issue that we really need to be making a lot more noise about. Studies have shown that by the time many people seek treatment, their ability to adapt and benefit from treatment is often greatly reduced. If you are experiencing hearing difficulties, don’t delay, talk to your GP and ask them to refer you for a simple hearing test. If someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss, talk to them about it and encourage them to take action.”

Cassandra Brown, Managing Director of MED–EL, the company behind the survey, added: “Removing the barriers to assessment, diagnosis and intervention is imperative to reduce the impact on quality of life and long-term damage associated with hearing loss. MED–EL is proud to be raising awareness of what is often a significantly under-reported condition.”

Hearing Loss in Ireland

Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Information says that up to one in six people have some level of hearing loss, while the HSE estimate that almost a quarter of a million Irish adults have a significant hearing loss and should be wearing hearing aids. By 50 years of age, 20% of people have a hearing loss, while this increases to 50% by 70 years of age.

almost a quarter of a million Irish adults
have a significant hearing loss

Similar to the UK, DeafHear estimate that less than one third of these people actually have hearing aids. This has implications for their quality of life and general health and well-being he adds. Hearing loss has been associated with higher rates of depression, dementia and social isolation, while those who wear hearing aids have reported improvements in their quality of life, including better relationships with family and friends. The earlier people seek help and have hearing aids fitted, the better the outcomes they report.

DeafHear will be launching a campaign in early 2015 to raise awareness about acquired hearing loss and to encourage people who develop a hearing loss to seek support earlier.

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