According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss, one in six of the general population living in the UK has hearing loss, that is 11 million people. It is believed that this will rise to one in five by 2035, that will be 15.6 million. As we age the prevalence becomes greater, with 40% of over 50s and 71% over the age of 70 living with hearing loss.
World Health Organisation research suggests approximately one-third of persons over 65 years are affected by disabling hearing loss - this is a hearing loss in the better ear of in excess of 40 decibels. This level of loss would be classified as a moderate loss where some one would find it difficult to follow a conversation with two or more people.