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The UK NSC recommendation on Hearing loss screening in adults (currently under review)


This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Sep 2019.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

Screening for hearing loss in older adults is not recommended. This is because:
  • there is insufficient evidence to establish an optimum approach for screening
  • it is not known how acceptable the available treatments would be to those diagnosed
  • there is little evidence of the benefits of using hearing aids long term

More about Hearing Loss (adult)

Hearing impairment, or deafness, is when hearing is affected by a disease, disorder or injury. Hearing loss can be present at birth or develop in childhood or adulthood.

» Read more about hearing impairment on NHS UK


Action on Hearing Loss
Age UK
British Academy of Audiology
The British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians
British Geriatrics Society
British Society of Audiology
British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists
Deafness Research UK
The Ear Foundation
Faculty of Public Health
London North West Healthcare- ENT Department
National Community Hearing Association
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Screening for Life Coalition

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon Evidence summary- Hearing loss adults (2008) (PDF document, 77KB, 19/12/19)

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