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 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