Kwinana Courier - - Street Watch -

RUN­NING this week, Hear­ing Aware­ness Week aims to high­light the is­sues faced by peo­ple with hear­ing loss.

Or­gan­is­ers The Deafness Fo­rum said one in six Aus­tralians were af­fected by hear­ing loss, with this fig­ure pro­jected to in­crease to one in every four by 2050 due to longterm ex­po­sure to ex­ces­sive noise in the work­place, the en­vi­ron­ment and an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

It also said in­dige­nous hear­ing health was a mas­sive pub­lic health prob­lem in re­mote parts of Aus­tralia.

Hear­ing Aware­ness Week looks to elim­i­nate the stigma, iso­la­tion, lack of work op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­so­ci­ated is­sues to im­prove the over­all qual­ity of life for peo­ple with deafness or hear­ing im­pair­ment.

“One of the main con­se­quences of hear­ing loss is a re­duced ca­pac­ity to com­mu­ni­cate,” Deafness Fo­rum of Aus­tralia CEO Steve Wil­liamson said.

“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, em­ploy­ment and can put quite a strain on re­la­tion­ships.”

Visit www.hear­ing aware­ness­week.org.au.

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