15th – 21st May is Deaf Awareness Week.
Many people struggle with their hearing with 1 in 6 people in the UK affected by hearing loss, that’s around 11 million people. Of these 6.5 million are aged 60 and over. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages though.
Here are some facts:
- 3.7 million people with a hearing loss are of a working age.
- Around 2 million people use hearing aids and about 800,000 are severly or profoundly deaf.
- Around one in every 10 UK adults has tinnitus (this is a ringing, buzzing or humming in the ears)
- British Sign Language is the preferred language of around 145,000 people within the UK.
- On average it takes ten years for people to address their hearing loss.
Hearing loss is sometimes sudden, but often it’s gradual and may not be noticed at first. Some signs of hearing loss can include; asking people to repeat themselves, having the volume on the TV or radio turned up higher than other people need, regularly feeling tired or stressed, from having to concentrate while listening.
If you are concerneced about your hearing, or the hearing or someon close to you than you can call our Yorsensory team or drop into the hub in Huntington.
Call 01904 202292.
*statistics from the UK Council on Deafness