Hidden Hearing Respond to Scientists Studying Hearing Loss Using UK Biobank

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Hidden Hearing, provider of private hearing healthcare solutions, has responded to UK scientists being the first to use data from the UK Biobank to study hearing loss.

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We look forward to the findings of this study and what it will mean for people suffering with hearing loss.

Scientists from the University of Manchester will be the first to use key health data from the UK Biobank research project to help them gain an insight into the prevalence of hearing problems.

They will be able to access data from half a million UK Biobank participants who have contributed to the scheme since 2006, attending an assessment that collected blood, urine and saliva samples and kept them at sub-zero temperatures.

The research will be collaboration with scientists in Nottingham, London and Southampton as well as the US and will examine the risk factors of hearing disability such as noise exposure, cardiovascular disease, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, medications and brain function as well as its affect on quality of life.

There are ten million people with hearing loss in the UK, and with an aging society, this number is set to increase to 14.5m by 2031. 25% of the UK Biobank participants reported difficulty with hearing.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“We look forward to the findings of this study and what it will mean for people suffering with hearing loss. As it is, UK research on hearing loss is relatively low, so it will be interesting to see what details will emerge from the study and how it can help the people affected.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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