MP backs hearing loss campaign

MP Caroline Ansell with Dr Lorraine Galley, Chief Executive of Hearing Link SUS-151118-090519001
MP Caroline Ansell with Dr Lorraine Galley, Chief Executive of Hearing Link SUS-151118-090519001

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has said hearing loss is a major public health concern after attending the launch of a nationwide report on the disability.

The Hearing Matters research, by the charity Action on Hearing Loss, found that the prevalence of the problem has increased to 11 million (one in six) in the UK, with a further forecasted increase to 15.6 million (one in five) by 2035 due to an ageing population. Caroline said, “I fully support the recommendations made in the report, that we as a nation need to urgently plan to meet the needs of this increasing number of people with hearing loss, massively increase funding into research into treatments, and to safeguard the provision of hearing aids – which provide a demonstrable lifeline to those who use them.” Caroline also met Eastbourne hearing loss campaigner, Dr Lorraine Galley (pictured), who is the CEO of national charity Hearing Lin, which has its HQ in Eastbourne. Caroline is its patron.

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