Angela supports launch of leading hearing loss report
Angela recently attended the Westminster launch of Hearing Matters, the state-of-the-nation report on hearing loss, released by UK charity Action on Hearing Loss on November 4
The report comprehensively details the scale and impact of deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, revealing that the prevalence of hearing loss has increased to 11 million (one in six) in the UK, with a further forecasted increase to 15.6 million (one in five) by 2035 due to an ageing population.
Angela Smith MP said: “The Hearing Matters report makes it clear to NHS commissioners, employers, and the government that we need to tackle hearing loss as a major public health condition. I fully support the recommendations made in the report, that we as a nation need to urgently plan to meet the needs of this increasing number of people with hearing loss, massively increase funding into research into treatments, and to safeguard the provision of hearing aids – which provide a demonstrable lifeline to those who use them.”
Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Angela Smith MP attended the launch of our report, and is supporting our aim to ensure that those with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss in her constituency are not denied the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.”
Jonathan Gardner, Chief Executive, Boots Hearingcare added: “Our colleagues at Boots Hearingcare are hugely proud of our partnership with Action on Hearing Loss and we are delighted to have been able to sponsor this latest edition of Hearing Matters, which I am sure will have a profound impact in ensuring that the voice of the hearing care sector is heard both in government, the health service and elsewhere in society.”
To read ‘Hearing Matters – why urgent action is needed on deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss across the UK’, please visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/hearingmatters .
Notes to editors:
Action on Hearing Loss helps people to confront deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way. Action on Hearing Loss gives people support and care, develop technology and treatments, and campaign for equality.
2015 Figures – 11 million people affected by hearing loss, with the figure rising to 15.6 million by 2035.