Right now, over 5% of the world’s population (466 million people) has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people (one in ten people) will have disabling hearing loss. The functional impact of hearing loss is the reduction in the ability to communicate with others; the everyday reality is exclusion.
One in six people in the UK have hearing loss, and in Shropshire, where Signal is based, statistically one in five people have hearing loss.
Hearing loss can have a significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation, and frustration.
We respond to this by addressing the need for societies to be inclusive, aiming to reduce the isolation that so many people who are Deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus face.
Our Inclusive Societies programme mainly takes place in the UK, primarily in Shropshire, where we are based. Our projects include: