Source: MED-EL

How common is hearing loss in the UK?

  • More than 10 million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss – that’s one in six of the population [1]
  • By 2031, this figure is estimated to reach 14.5 million [2]
  • More than 800,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf [3]
  • There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK [4]
  • Hearing loss increases with age – it affects 40% of those over 50, rising to more than 70% of over-70s [5]
  • Approximately two million people in the UK have hearing aids and there are at least four million people who don’t have hearing aids who would benefit from using them [6]
  • Around 11,000 people in the UK have cochlear implants but there are another 7,500 adults who are audiologically suitable for an implant [7]
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