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GDA survey results

Interesting results following recent GDA survey among deaf and hard of hearing people.

Over the last few months deaf and hard of hearing people in Gloucestershire have been telling GDA how their deafness affects their life; from daily struggles using the telephone to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
 
Perhaps the most worrying statistic was that 73% of deaf and hard of hearing people said they feel lonely and isolated because of their deafness. The recent Lancet study which lists hearing loss as the main contributing factor to the risk of dementia, also cites social isolation as playing a part in the risk, meaning people living with deafness have an even greater risk of developing dementia.

Other survey findings include:

1. 89% of deaf and hard of hearing people said they feel embarrassed to admit they didn't hear conversations. 

2. 95% of deaf and hard of hearing people said they regularly misunderstand conversations because of their deafness. 

3. 94% of deaf and hard of hearing people said they regularly struggle to use the telephone because of their deafness. 

4. 97% of deaf and hard of hearing people said their deafness affects their life on a daily basis.  

The services and support GDA already offers aims to alleviate the social isolation many deaf and hard of hearing people face, and these findings reinforce the importance of the social clubs and groups that GDA hold across Gloucestershire for children, young people and adults. 

GDA cannot continue to provide such vital support without the generosity of individuals and business. If you would like to make a donation and help us continue to make a positive difference the lives of thousands of people, please click here.
 
For more information about GDA's 'Tell us what you think' survey email admin@gda.org.uk or call 01452 372999.

 
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