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Kings Cross stall success for UCL Ear Institute

UCL Ear Institute researchers were a hit last week with passers-by in Kings Cross station exploring hearing loss.

The stall, marking World Hearing Day, was a huge success, with members of the public engaging in mini activities as well as talking to staff to find out more about hearing loss. Highlights of the stall included a volume detecting mannequin to measure the sound output of headphones, a phone app to track sound levels, guessing the amount of hearing aids in a jar and free earplugs. Specialists from the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital were also on hand to provide information on services available for patients with hearing loss.

Hearing loss is no longer a quiet issue and is becoming an increasingly nosier problem. 11 million adults in the UK currently suffer from hearing loss and the upward trend predicts that by 2030 figures will rise to 13 million.