Today marks the second day of Hearing Awareness Week in Australia, and tomorrow (March 3rd) is World Hearing Day.
This year’s theme for World Hearing Day is “Don’t let hearing loss limit you,” which aims to highlight how timely and effective interventions can help people with hearing loss reach their full potential.
In Australia, almost 4 million people (1 in 10 children and 1 in 3 adults) have some form of hearing loss – and this number continues to grow as our population ages.
The most common causes of hearing loss are age-related issues and excessive exposure to loud noise.
Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise is preventable, and the best interventions for hearing loss are early interventions, no matter how old you are.
The Australian Government is offering a $581 million Hearing Services Program in an effort to reduce hearing loss and the consequences of hearing loss in Australia.
The program provides high quality hearing services and devices to the population’s most vulnerable people.
In 2018-19, the program delivered services to over 785,000 clients, including:
- Older Australians
- Young children
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People living in rural and remote areas
The Australian Government has also committed $4 million in funding for up to 600,000 free online hearing tests for children. Parents of children aged between 4 and 17 can visit the Sound Scouts website for more information.
If you or someone you know is worried about hearing loss, we recommend having your hearing checked.
For more information on the signs, preventative measures and impacts of hearing loss, click the links below.