Why Hearing Health Matters
In the UK, it is estimated that 2.3 million people each year have problems with earwax sufficient to
need intervention.” (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)
1 in 5 adults in the UK alone are affected by hearing loss.” (Royal National Institute for Deaf People)
In 2018, 435,500 microsuction wax removal procedures took place, costing on average £140 per
patient,” (NHS Digital 2018/HES data).
Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for age related dementia – responsible for over 8% of
cases of dementia among older adults.” (WHO, World Report on Hearing, 2021).
The demand for ear and hearing healthcare services is growing rapidly due to an ever-increasing ageing population, exposure to loud noises such as music and machinery, the increased use of headphones, and even the way we clear our ears using cotton ear buds has an adverse effect to our daily lives. The current patient pathway to ear and hearing healthcare can be both disjointed and relatively inaccessible. Many patients move from appointment to appointment, spread over several weeks, if not months. The average waiting time for patients to receive treatment was 12-16 weeks (pre-Covid), this has now grown substantially. Not only that, but most GPs have also stopped offering wax removal as a service (BBC), which has a significant impact on access and wellbeing. Delivering ear and hearing healthcare services within communities makes care more accessible for all, and helps to reduce the outpatient burden on secondary settings, in line with the “NHS Long Term Plan.” For younger people, hearing loss can affect their education and social life. For older people, it can lead to social isolation, dementia and an increased risk of falls. Lincoln Ear Health offers a fully mobile service, proving ear examinations, hearing screenings and ear wax removal using the latest microsuction technology with the ability to take photographs and videos of the inside of the ears. Fully Covid vaccinated, regular lateral flow tests, PPE available. DBS checked Full Indemnity and Liability insurance Ear wax facts/video clips/diagrams Pricing