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Letters Hearing loss in adults

Hearing loss in adults requires a holistic tailored approach

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4048
  1. Julian Ahmed, ST3 in audio-vestibular medicine1,
  2. Augustus Thambapillai, consultant in audio-vestibular medicine1
  1. 1St Ann’s Hospital, Whittington Health, London N15 3TH, UK
  1. ja497{at}

Hearing loss in adults is common yet often overlooked.1 The number of people affected has been estimated to rise to 14.5 million by 2031, with hearing loss becoming one of the top 10 diseases affecting the population.2 Around a quarter of people aged 41-70 are affected by at least a moderate level of impairment but only around 3% use hearing aids, a figure barely changed since …

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