One in six individuals in the UK has some kind of hearing loss with the occurrence of hearing loss increasing with age. Despite this high prevalence, only a few individuals, who could benefit from hearing aids, use them regularly.
On Wednesday, 17 May, as part of Deaf Awareness Week, the Audiology team from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will be running a clinic from their mobile audiology unit in front of Sainsbury’s, Broad Street, Reading.
All members of the public are invited to pop along between 9.30am to 5.30pm to find out more.
The team will be providing:
- free screening hearing test
- Information regarding deaf awareness
- The services available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Information regarding the services provided by the Audiology department at Royal Berkshire Hospital
Some facts about deafness:
- 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss
- 5 million of these are aged 60 or over
- 7 million are of working age
- Around 2 million people in the UK have hearing aids
- About 800,000 are severely or profoundly deaf
- Adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing face communication barriers which can cause:
- Lack of confidence
- Exclusion from society
- Technology and the way we communicate is helping to change this.