More than 50% of people over 60 years old have a hearing impairment. Hearing impairment is the second most common cause of disability in older people. Although the onset can be gradual, deteriorating hearing can have an adverse impact, causing social isolation leading to feelings of detachment and frustration.
It is not just the young and the elderly who can benefit from a complete assessment. Around 20% of all young people are regularly exposed to dangerously loud music, risking their hearing at noisy clubs and bars and by listening to personal stereos at extreme noise levels, and around 1.3 million people are exposed to potentially damaging noise in the workplace.