About Hearing Loss01.February.2019
There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss. Around 6.4 million are of retirement age (65+) and about 3.7 million are of working age (16 – 64). There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK. The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2030 adult onset hearing loss will be in the top ten disease burdens in the UK, above both diabetes and cataracts.
HearPeers is a mentor programme designed for both people who are considering undergoing an operation for a surgical hearing implant, as well as those that have been newly implanted. It allows them to pair up with someone who has already undergone the procedure and understands the challenges and opportunities this may bring in everyday life. People interested in the HearPeers Mentor Programme can sign up via: www.hearpeers.uk.