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About deafness


In the U.K. there are approximately 60 million people. Deafness affects approximately 9 million of them, thats 1 in 7 of the population.

Approximately 8.3 million are hard of hearing. Many may benefit from using hearing aids. The majority of hard of hearing people are over 60. Hearing loss increases sharply with age. About one third of people aged between 61-70 have a significant hearing loss. Three quarters of people over 70 have a significant hearing loss.

There are approximately 123,000 deafened people in the U.K. These are usually people who became profoundly deaf as teenagers or adults. Approximately 20,000 deafened people are under 60 years of age.

Approximately 50-70,000 deaf people in the U.K. use British Sign Language as their first, or preferred language.

90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

Approximately 23,000 deaf children between the ages of 0-15 wear hearing aids.

There are approximately 24,000 deafblind people in the U.K. 15,000 of these are over 70. Deafblind people are defined as having a severe degree of combined visual and auditory impairment resulting in problems with communication, information and mobility.

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