Paul Brecknell will share the findings of the report of the Commission on Hearing loss published in July 2014 by the International Longevity Centre-UK. He will talk about progress made, and progress still required since its publication.
Hearing loss is a major public health issue in the UK estimated to affect nearly 20% of the total population. Hearing loss can have devastating implications for the individual with hearing loss as well as for their family with research showing that those with hearing loss are more likely to have communication difficulties, become socially isolated and have mental and physical health problems. And there is a growing body of research showing an association between hearing loss and dementia. Those with hearing loss are also significantly less likely to be in employment than the general population. Analysis undertaken for the report estimated that this costs the UK economy almost £25 billion per annum in terms of lost output.
The devastating impacts of hearing loss could be avoided if there was better support for those with hearing loss – including improved provision, take-up and use of hearing aids. However, research suggests that of the 6 million people who would benefit from using a hearing aid just 2 million have an aid, and of this two million who have aids, 30% do not use them. The Commission explored why so many people are not getting the support they need, the challenges of the current NHS referral system, the importance of a government strategy on hearing loss, and the need for wider support far beyond the medical intervention in the audiology department itself.
Paul Brecknell, Chief Executive Action on Hearing Loss
Paul has been Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss since August 2012 and has worked for the charity since July 2007. He is the Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium and a past Chair of Charity Finance Group.
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1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 7th July 2015