Haven’t heard of Hearing Awareness Week? Considering hearing loss is one of the most common medical conditions in the world, we’re pleased to see a week dedicated to honouring those who suffer from it and educating those who are surrounded by it. Chances are, you or someone you know is impacted by hearing loss, so here’s a few key facts to help you celebrate the occasion from 25th February – 3 March.
A cause for concern
Why should you care about the cause? Because our country is a hotbed for hearing loss. Currently, 1 in 6 Australians are affected – a number that is expected to rise to 1 in 4 by 2050. It’s important to note that this statistic only covers documented cases of hearing loss, but we suspect thousands of others are suffering in (almost) silence.
Hope for the future
While the stats are staggering, it’s important to remember the number of resources and awareness efforts are also on the rise. Currently, we’re working with dozens of dedicated donation partners and support organisations to help fund treatment, education, and prevention efforts. You can find a full list here, and if you’d like to get involved or recommend an organisation, you can do so here.
Other ways to show support
Opportunities to support hearing loss aren’t limited to one week. If you’re looking for ongoing efforts, we recommend getting involved with the Hear the World Foundation – an organisation owned by our parent group, Sonova, dedicated to ensuring each person has a chance to experience good hearing, debunking the taboos around wearing a hearing aid, keeping hearing cherished and protected, and confirming people with impaired hearing enjoy equal opportunities.
For questions around hearing health, we invite you to join us in welcoming Lauren McNee to our Facebook community on Wednesday, 28th February. She’ll be answering questions in real time and helping us all get a better understanding of the current state of hearing care. Connect hearing are also offering a $500 trade-in discount off each new hearing aid. We’ll also donate your old hearing aids to a community in need (Offer ends 1/4/2018).