Dear Colleague,

The ILC-UK has launched a Commission seeking to address the significant and growing problem of hearing loss in the UK. Six million people in the UK experience hearing loss at a level where they would benefit from wearing a hearing aid and this is set to increase to 10 million by 2037.

This is an independent commission, with the ILC-UK providing the governance and secretariat while the Commissioners, drawn from a wide range of different sectors, will drive the agenda and findings. As part of this high level Commission, we are delighted to invite you to attend two evidence sessions at the House of Lords on the following themes:

Thursday 5th June, 14:00 – 16:00 House of Lords
1. How can we ensure that hearing loss is detected early? Many individuals live for years without either realising that they have hearing loss or because they do not seek support. We welcome submissions around the following questions:

  • How can we de-stigmatise hearing loss?
  • Whether and to what extent it is possible to improve the referral process?
  • Are there alternative models to support early detection?
  • How can technology improve early detection?

Tuesday 17th June, 15:30 – 17:30 House of Lords
2. How can we deliver better solutions to reduce the adverse impacts of hearing loss? Early detection is only one part of the jigsaw, we must also propose solutions to reduce the wide-ranging effects of hearing loss. We welcome submissions on the following questions:

  • How do we ensure wider take-up of hearing aids?
  • What forms of service delivery models are needed to meet the needs of a growing hearing impaired population?
  • How do we remove barriers to employment for the hearing impaired?
  • How do we improve health and social care for those suffering with hearing loss?
  • How do we raise public awareness about, and sensitivity to, hearing loss?

During the two sessions Commissioners will have the chance to discuss these issues with expert witnesses but there will also be the opportunity for questions from the audience. We hope that the Commission will play an important part in addressing the significant and growing problem of hearing loss in the UK and that you too can play a part. The briefing note below provides more details about the workings of the Commission and details about the Commissioners.

If you would like to attend please contact us on or 0207 340 0440. Please note that places are limited and you will need a special pass to proceed through House of Lords security on the day so do get in touch if you would like to come along, specifying which evidence session you would like attend. If you have any special requirements, please let us know.  

Kind regards
Sally Greengross
Chair of the Commission on Hearing Loss and Chief Executive of ILC-UK

The Commission on Hearing Loss: Background Briefing Note