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One of the last Indigenous languages lives to sign another day

Like all hearing people in North-East Arnhem land, the head of the local school at Yirrkala grew up using sign language as much as she spoke – in the same way hearing and non-hearing Indigenous people in northern Australia had communicated for 60,000 years. "It was an...

Australia’s Roadmap for Hearing Health gets Government funding

The Commonwealth Government's new budget, released on 6 October 2020, will commit $21million in the next 5 years to implement some of the key actions listed in the national Roadmap for Hearing Health in Australia. $5million for a public hearing health awareness and...

Under-reporting of hearing impairment limits life choices

As part of the 2018–19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged seven years and over across Australia participated in a voluntary hearing test. The independent hearing test found more than 43 per...

Opioid use can trigger deafness: effects could be permanent

Opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Prescription opioids are used mostly to treat moderate to severe pain. Researchers identified 41 people with opioid exposure who experienced full or partial...

Children and young adults fitted with hearing aids or implants

New data - children and young adults fitted with hearing aids or cochlear implants in Australia.   This report contains summary data on children and young adults fitted with hearing aids or cochlear implants in Australia.   In 2019, Hearing Australia supported the...

Crucial service: Earbus reaches far and wide in Western Australia

Earbus Foundation of WA works with regional, remote (and now metropolitan) communities across Western Australia to treat and reduce the high rates of ear disease and hearing loss in Aboriginal babies and children. Earbus features local Aboriginal schoolchildren’s art...