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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...

Questions you always wanted to ask a person with hearing loss

People who don’t have hearing loss might find it hard to imagine what living with hearing loss is like – and might be shy about asking. But understanding hearing loss is a way to break down stigma and dispel misconceptions. Shari Eberts, Gael Hannan, and Nick Tedd...

Managing hearing impairment for people living with dementia

Report: Managing hearing impairment for people living with dementia in residential aged care. A new Australian research investigation has found that people with dementia and hearing impairment living in residential aged care facilities are not receiving optimal...