FACTFILE

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ALBUM -

There are nine mil­lion deaf and hard of hear­ing peo­ple in the UK – a sev­enth of the pop­u­la­tion.

This num­ber is in­creas­ing as the num­ber of peo­ple over 60 rises.

While noise lev­els at work are bet­ter reg­u­lated now than in the past, peo­ple still lose their hear­ing as a re­sult of their oc­cu­pa­tion.

Those work­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment and leisure in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing DJs, bar staff, broad­cast­ers and fit­ness in­struc­tors, are among those at risk.

Be­ing hard of hear­ing can cause peo­ple to with­draw from so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and lose their con­fi­dence, their in­de­pen­dence and their sense of se­cu­rity.

The safe level of noise is 85 deci­bels, which is equiv­a­lent to be­ing in a nor­mal of­fice en­vi­ron­ment.

The NHS does pro­vide hear­ing aids but there is a two-year wait­ing list.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Hear­base on 0870 300 9262.

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