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5. Deafness and hard of hearing
Hearing loss is extremely common. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 5% of the world's population – 466 million people – are deaf or hearing impaired, with 11 million of those people residing in the United Kingdom.1 It’s thought that by 2050, over 900 million people around the world (1 in 10) will have a hearing impairment.2 With deafness set to become more prominent, we need to ensure that more attention is given to the barriers that these people could face.
Deafness affects people of all ages and does so in different ways. Some people are born without ...