Our commitment to prevention
At Hearing Australia, we’re passionate about our mission to prevent avoidable hearing loss.
We’re developing a National Hearing Loss Prevention Strategy in collaboration with government and non-government organisations, industry and remote communities to drive lasting change.
We are focussed on two key areas where action is urgently needed: Hearing problems present in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and noise-induced hearing loss in all Australians. Scroll down to see more about our programs and initiatives.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander ear health and hearing
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience some of the highest levels of ear disease and hearing loss in the world, with rates up to almost 4 times those of non-Indigenous Australian children*. The bulk of hearing problems in remote communities can be prevented and treated if diagnosed early, reducing the possibility of lasting consequences.
Children are particularly vulnerable to not only ear infections but other preventable ear diseases. The most common ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is otitis media (OM), which is inflammation/infection of the middle ear. Otitis media can often begin within weeks of birth, have repeated episodes, and can persist into adolescence. Hearing loss can lead to delayed speech and educational development.
Preventing noise induced hearing loss
Around one in five Australians are at risk of permanent irreversible hearing loss from noise exposure at work . We aim to prevent avoidable noise-induced hearing loss in all Australians, by educating on how to protect against ear damage and engage in safe listening.
*Access Economics (2008). The cost burden of otitis media in Australia. Perth: GlaxoSmithKline; World Health Organization (2004). Chronic suppurative otitis media: burden of illness and management options. Geneve: World Health Organization.
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