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Data: young Aussies with hearing loss fitted with a device

One in every 1,000 children are born with hearing difficulties every year and more than 12,000 children and young people under the age of 26 in Australia have a significant hearing impairment.

Demographic Details of young Australians aged less than 26 years with a hearing loss, who have been fitted with a hearing aid or cochlear implant at 31 December 2018

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This is summary 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.

The data 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:

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

View the report here