New report – young Australians fitted with hearing device or implant

Hearing Australia (formerly Australian Hearing) has published data on children and young adults fitted with hearing aids or cochlear implants in Australia, who were under the age of 26 years at 31 December 2018 and who were provided with audiological and hearing aid or speech processor support services through Hearing Australia.

Hearing Australia is the taxpayer owned organisation that provides government-funded hearing services for children, young adults up to the age of 26, eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pensioners and veterans. It conducts research through its research arm, National Acoustic Laboratories.

This new report provides information at national and state / territory level and has been collated from Hearing Australia’s electronic client and record management system databases (as a “snapshot”). It includes:

  • Number of children who have an aided hearing loss
  • Number of newly fitted children in the 2018 calendar year
  • Fitting rates of children and young adults with hearing loss
  • Hearing loss distribution of aided/implanted children and young adults
  • Fitting rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients under 26 years of age

Download the report here