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 2020

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Download this report to read 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 2020 and who were provided with audiological and hearing aid or cochlear implant 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:

  • Number of children who have an aided hearing loss
  • Number of newly fitted children in the 2020 calendar year
  • Fitting rates of children, teens 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.

The major characteristics of the report show:

  • All aided and implanted children and young adults less than 26 years of age at 31 December 2020 who are identified as being ‘current and active’ as at 31 December 2020
  • Data on children and young adults who were first fitted with hearing aids from 1 January to 31 December 2020.

Care should be taken when comparing information from previous reports, and particularly prior to 2007, due to their differing parameters, i.e. the dynamics of the child population characteristics and demography in the database, updated information and calculation rounding at the time the report was compiled.

Differences in other data and calculations shown for similar birth years in previous reports prior to 2007 are due to the timing of the ‘snapshot” nature of the report (data were previously collated on 31 March each year) and a change from the way “hearing loss buckets” have been defined. In 2011, the “0-30dB & 31-60dB” groups changed to “0-40dB & 41-60dB” to better reflect the target condition of universal newborn hearing screening. Regular actions across the organization to review and update the information on all aided child clients in the database, have also affected the “snapshot” counts and calculations.

When comparing particular birth years, data may change from one snapshot report to the next, due to clients changing state or territory of residence, ceasing or commencing aid use, or becoming deceased during the intervening period.

View the report here