HEARING AWARENESS WEEK
RUNNING this week, Hearing Awareness Week aims to highlight the issues faced by people with hearing loss.
Hearing Awarness Week organisers The Deafness Forum of Australia said one in six Australians were affected by hearing loss, with this figure projected to increase to one in every four Australians by 2050 due to long-term 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 health 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 and employment and can put quite a strain on relationships.
“We need Australians to understand the various degrees of hearing loss and ear and balance disorders and how to communicate effectively with people who are deaf or hearing impaired.”
Hearing Awareness Week will see a range of promotional activities happen across the country, including ‘silent’ sports events, public exhibitions on hearing technologies, and hearing safety training by employers to alert people to the issues.
Visit www.hearingawarenessweek. org.au.