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Figues from a triennial survey of the numbers of people on local ...
Figues from a triennial survey of the numbers of people on local

authority registers of the deaf and hard of hearing have been published by the department of health.

The publication gives information on the numbers on the registers at

31 March 1998. The key points of the analysis are:

- the number of people registered as deaf at 31 March 1998 was 50,100, an increase of 10 per cent from the number at 31 March 1995;

- the number of people registered as hard of hearing was 139,500, up 11 per cent on March 1995;

- 54% of people registered as deaf are aged 18 to 64, whereas 64% of people registered as hard of hearing are aged 75 or over.


. Registration is voluntary. It is not a pre-requisite for social

services concessions and this factor, combined with uncertainties

about the regularity with which authorities review and update their

records makes it difficult to assign a degree of reliability to these

registers. The numbers on the register, and changes in the numbers

on the register, cannot be regarded as reliable indicators of the

prevalence of deafness.

. The data are collected triennially.

. Copies of the publication are available from: Department of

Health, PO Box 140, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS23 7LN, Fax: 0990

210 266.

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