27 November 2015
A paper has been published in the Lancet that proposes a list of top ten priorities for hearing loss research, which affects more than ten million people across the UK.
At present, hearing research receives significantly less NHS funding than other common conditions, with just £47 provided per one lost year of healthy life compared to other priority areas including sight loss (£99) and diabetes (£399).
The priorities were identified by a group of 460 patients, family, friends and clinicians, and relate to mild or moderate hearing loss.
Co-author Helen Henshaw of the University of Nottingham said: "Although hearing loss is not deadly, it can have a profound impact on people's ability to maintain relationships, lead a normal life and go out to work.
"With such a huge proportion of the population affected by this condition, it is vital that hearing research funding is prioritised for the questions which are most important to them."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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