Hearing Awareness Week 2018
Hearing Awareness Week focuses on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it.
The awareness week starts on Sunday 25 February 2018 and ends on Saturday 3 March, World Hearing Day.
The aims of the Hearing Awareness Week are to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or a hearing impairment.
Hearing loss is often described as the ‘invisible disability.’ This is partly because hearing aids tend to not be obvious and also because those affected are often isolated through lack of access to communications.
“We need Australians to understand the various degrees of hearing loss and ear and balance disorders and how to communicate effectively with people who are Deaf or hearing impaired”, said Joel Coultas, Principal Audiologist.
As technology advances, many people with a hearing loss benefit from hearing aids and cochlear implants. These innovations have made a positive difference in the way an individual can communicate and enjoy their lives. But communication can be exhausting for a hearing impaired person, even with a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
People often wait for years before they seek help for their hearing loss. They ignore the signs, which include turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain, frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves and not being able to hear properly on the telephone.
The number of Australians who are deaf or hearing impaired is increasing because of long-term exposure to excessive noise, through the workplace, the environment and the ageing of the population. The rock and roll generation – the Baby Boomers will pay dearly for its recreational noise habits. For these mature Australians, the average community ratio of 1 in 6 people with a hearing loss 3 will jump to 1 in 4, then 1 in 3 and with it, a whole new set of life challenges to remain active participants in their communities.
Hearing Awareness Week will see a range of promotional activities happen across the country, including ‘silent’ sports events, public exhibitions on hearing technologies and hearing safety training by employers. To find out more about Hearing Awareness Week visit www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au.
How can you get involved?
The most important way to get involved during Hearing Awareness Week is to focus on your own hearing and that of your friends and family. The week focuses on everyone taking control of what is happening in their own household and if you or any of your family are having difficulty hearing, no matter how gradual the decline, arrange a hearing test as soon as possible.
According to research, it takes people an average of seven years from the time they start thinking they might have a hearing problem to actually seeking treatment. So the time to act is sooner rather than later.
If it has been longer than two years since your last hearing health check, please call one of our clinics to arrange an appointment.
Can:Do Hearing at Welland Can:Do Hearing at Blackwood
56-61 Grange Road, Welland 7/200 Main Road, Blackwood
Telephone: 8100 8209 Telephone: 8178 3900
Can:Do Hearing at South Terrace
327 South Terrace, Adelaide
Telephone: 8215 0431