Hearing Awareness Week 24-30 August
Hearing Awareness Week focuses on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it.
The Week (24-30 August) aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities, and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or hearing impairment.
Melbourne Audiology Centre is dedicated to helping people with their hearing and communication needs and reduce the impact of hearing loss on quality of life. “Losing your hearing can result in withdrawal from social situations. Our job is to keep you engaged with your friends and community by increasing your ability to hear and communicate” said Fiona Savati, audiologist.
Melbourne Audiology Centre is proud to support Hearing Awareness Week by offering free quick hearing checks.
One of the main consequences of hearing loss is a reduced capacity to communicate. This can have a big impact on a person’s life chances through the reduced opportunity to get a good education, to gain competitive skills and employment. It can also put quite a strain on relationships.
Did you know:
- One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss – that’s an estimated 3.5 million people.
- Hearing loss in Australia is mainly mild in nature, but one third of people experience a loss that is moderate or severe to profound.
- The prevalence of hearing loss rises from 1% for people aged younger than 15 years to three in every four people aged over 70 years.
- The number of Australians who are hearing impaired or deaf is increasing because of long-term exposure to excessive noise in the workplace, the environment and a result of an ageing population. Hearing loss is projected to increase to 1 in every 4 Australians by 2050.
- Exposure to noise can lead to permanent hearing loss. If you are wondering how noisy your world is, Deafness Forum have a cool tool on thier website that estimates the levels of noise you may be exposed to. How loud is too loud.
- Much needs to be done to address the level of un-managed hearing loss, that is people who have diagnosed hearing loss but do nothing about it, or people who have hearing aids and don't wear them
- There are many people in our aged care facilities who have not been diagnosed and sometimes their hearing loss is confused with dementia.
- Indigenous hearing health is a massive public health problem in remote parts of Australia.
- Hearing Awareness Week (August 24 - 30) aims to highlight the issues faced by people with hearing loss as the organisers, the Deafness Forum of Australia, continue to campaign for greater recognition for the issue.
More information on Hearing Awareness Week can be found here.