Hearing Awareness Week starts this Sunday! Held annually in the last week of August, Hearing Awareness Week aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities and health issues faced by people with hearing loss.
One in six Australians is hearing impaired, Deaf or has an ear disorder. Hearing impairment is often described as the ‘invisible disability’ as hearing aids tend to not be very obvious, and those affected are often isolated by a lack of access to communications. Hearing Awareness Week aims to minimise this isolation by educating Australians about how to communicate effectively with people who have trouble hearing.
Another issue being tackled by Hearing Awareness Week is the lack of awareness concerning noise-induced hearing loss. Even though hearing impairment is becoming increasingly common, many people still do not properly understand the risk factors for hearing loss. Noisy occupations are a very common cause of hearing problems, as is recreational noise from personal music players and noisy venues and concerts. Educating people about these risk factors is key to prevention.
Hearing Awareness Week also encourages Australians to learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of hearing loss and to take action when they think they might have a problem. It currently takes Australians with hearing loss an average of seven years to seek professional help, and only 10-20% of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wear them. This lengthy delay commonly leads to feelings of isolation and depression, so it is important to book an appointment with a hearing clinician as soon as you notice a change in your hearing.
To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week, Connect Hearing is offering you the opportunity to trade in your old hearing aids to receive $500 off each new hearing aid you buy. That’s a potential $1000 off a new set of hearing aids! All donated hearing aids will go to Ears Inc., a not-for-profit organisation assisting in the rehabilitation of the hearing impaired in developing countries. Book an appointment to learn more.
A range of promotional activities will happen across the country for Hearing Awareness Week, including ‘silent’ sports events, public exhibitions of hearing technologies, free hearing tests and hearing safety training by employers to alert people to issues.