HEARING AWARENESS WEEK
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.