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Hearing loss prevalence in people who under-present for hearing loss:- What is the prevalence of hearing loss among populations who under-present for possible hearing

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Why this is important:- The research question aims to identify the prevalence of hearing loss among populations who may be unaware of their own hearing loss or lack motivation and capability to seek help for this.
A full population prevalence study matched to audiology service usage will help identify populations who under-present for possible hearing loss. The research will also identify factors that can act as red flags to prompt health and social care professionals to proactively consider the possibility of hearing loss.
The evidence review for the NICE guideline on adult hearing loss highlighted significant health benefits for people whose hearing loss is identified and addressed at an early stage, yet people often delay seeking treatment for up to 10 years. There are certain groups who are particularly disadvantaged because their health issues lead to a lack of awareness of their deteriorating or suboptimal hearing, or a failure to report their difficulties. These include people with learning disabilities, dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
Given the importance of early detection, this research is urgently needed to identify populations who are under-represented and any factors that would lead health and social care professionals to consider the possibility of hearing loss.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management
Date issued
June 2018

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/06/2018