World Hearing Day in Australia
Did you know there are 4 million Australians living with hearing loss?
And this figure is predicted to increase to almost 9 million by 2050 as the population ages.
World Hearing Day in Australia is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness of how to prevent deafness and hearing loss, and to promote better ear protection and health across the world.
The global theme in 2022 was ‘To hear for life, listen with care’.
Acknowledgment: The promotion of World Hearing Day 2022 in Australia was supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
Hearing loss costs the Australian economy more than $15 billion a year. Then there’s the personal cost that we can’t put a dollar figure on.
Hearing is vital for people’s communication abilities, quality of life, social participation, and health.
On World Hearing Day, Deafness Forum Australia called on all Australians to recognise the importance of their hearing at all stages of life, and prevent hearing loss through safe listening, at home, at work or wherever they may be.
Hearing often deteriorates as people get older but it can happen at any stage of life, with one in two young people at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening,
You can also be at risk of noise-induced hearing loss if you regularly work in a noisy place or listen to music through headphones or attend loud concerts or fitness classes with amplified music.
In reality, hearing loss due to noise cannot be reversed.
But it is possible to have good hearing throughout your life through ear and hearing care.
Many common causes of hearing loss can be prevented. This can include turning the volume down on your devices, say 60 percent of maximum, using well-fitted noise-cancelling headphones, limiting time in noisy environments, and using sound exposure alert apps.
‘Safe listening’ can reduce the risk of hearing loss associated with recreational and work sound exposure. Learn more tips for safe listening here
You can also download the World Health Organisation’s World Hearing Report.
There is a range of free information resources here that you can download here, including a Facebook frame, social graphics and posters for the workplace. These materials were made for World Hearing Day in 2022.