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An overview of hearing loss in Australia

Hearing loss affects more Australians than you might think. According to the Australian Network on Disability1, as many as one in six Australians live with some form of hearing loss. The same source suggests that as a many as a quarter of all Australians will have hearing loss by the year 2050, which suggests there will be more demand for hearing aids in the future.

Children with hearing loss

By the time children reach school age, two in every 1000 children will have some level of hearing loss, according to the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children2. There are currently more than 12,000 children in Australian schools who suffer from significant hearing loss.

Types of hearing loss

The types of hearing loss experienced by Australians include sensori-neural, conductive and mixed, according to the Department of Health. Many of these instances are acquired, caused by age, injury or even exposure to too much noise over time.

Conductive hearing loss is concerned with the outer or middle ear, caused by a problem preventing sounds reaching the hearing nerve. This can be caused by a blockage or an issue with the middle ear bones.

Sensori-neural loss, on the other hand, is an issue located in the inner ear. The cochlea or auditory nerve is affected, disturbing the transmission of sound signals to the brain. This is the loss most commonly associated with noise damage.

What you can do

Prevent hearing loss by protecting your ears when you’re working in noisy environments and keep ear plugs on hand for those unexpected loud moments. A check up with a qualified audiologist can help to identify any further treatment that may be required.

If you have any concerns about your hearing health, click here or call 1300 674 934 to book a no cost* hearing check-up with Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions.

1. Australian Network on Disability. Stats and facts. Accessed 27 March, 2015. Available here.

2. Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children. Fact list. Accessed 27 March, 2015. Available here.

3. Australian Government Department of Health. Hearing loss and deafness. Accessed 27 March, 2015. Available here.

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