‘Tis the season to honour your ears! Hearing Awareness Week has become an annual event across Australia with the goal of raising awareness of the hearing loss community, issues preventing it from progressing, and ways people can protect their own hearing health. While it’s important to pay attention all year long, this year’s activity will be amplified during the week of 20-26th August.
Why is it so important?
The statistics are scary – currently, one in every six Australians has been diagnosed with hearing loss or a chronic ear disorder, and there are likely thousands of cases across the nation that are still unaccounted for. Despite these high numbers, awareness around the issue is alarmingly low. As such, the purpose of Hearing Awareness Week is to help the nation understand what 3.5 million Australians live with on a daily basis.
How can I get involved?
If you’re one of the 22 per cent of Australians aged 15 and over personally impacted by hearing loss, Hearing Awareness Week is an opportunity to share your experience, challenges, and overall knowledge in an effort to create better understanding of the needs, aspirations and the contributions that unite the entire community. Now is the time to dispel myths and push the wider Australian community to promote inclusivity in every situation from workplaces, to events, to family homes.
Learning more about hearing loss
While your ears may be healthy now, it’s becoming increasingly important to be aware of symptoms, causes, and solutions to hearing loss, as it’s a condition that may impact you or a loved one down the line. Fans on our Facebook page will be the first to tell you that living with a loved one who understands their struggle is incredibly important, and the same goes for new people who enter their life. Avoiding potentially offensive statements such as deaf jokes, “why don’t you just turn up your hearing aids?,” and “never mind it’s not important enough to repeat,” is the first step to empathising with the condition changing the rhetoric surrounding it.