Hearing Awareness Week – 1st to 7th March 2021
4 million Australians are Hard of Hearing or Deaf!
Hearing Awareness Week focuses on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it.
Hearing Awareness Week 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 loss.
It is often described as the ‘invisible disability’. This is partly because hearing aids tend not to be obvious and also because those affected are often isolated through lack of access to communications.
Hearing loss or deafness can occur when your hearing is affected by a condition or injury. Some people are born with a hearing loss while others may develop it as they get older. One in six Australians has a hearing loss, is Deaf or has an ear disorder.
Some of the early warning signs are: you can hear but not understand; you find it hard to hear in noisy situations or groups of people; you think people mumble; you need turn the TV up louder than others or, you don’t always hear the doorbell or the phone.
The number of Australians who are deaf or hard of hearing is increasing because of long-term exposure to excessive noise – often in the workplace – accidents, the environment and the ageing of the population.
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