How many people who are deafblind are there?

Sense estimates there are approximately 394,000 people in the UK who are deafblind. In 2010, the Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) produced a report commissioned by Sense that estimated the total number of people with sight and hearing loss in the UK, currently and in the future.


Using prevalence rates estimated by the report, and ONS census population data, there are approximately:

  • 390,000 people who are deafblind in the UK
  • 251,000 of those are aged over 70
  • 120,000 adults (aged 20-69)
  • 23,000 children (0-19)

Sense is grateful to ORH Ltd who worked with us to develop a tool to further explore the data regarding the population who are deafblind. The tool below provides estimated data from 2015 to 2035 in five year periods.

There are four ways to analyse the data:

By age and gender

By age and year

By gender and year

By area comparison (home countries, local authority or health administration areas)

First published: Wednesday 23 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 24 October 2017