Hearing Awareness Week 2015
Hearing Awareness Week 23rd of August 2015 – 29th of August 2015
This week is the annual hearing awareness week event, to raise awareness about hearing impairment, offering advice on ways to protect your hearing, and the services that are available.
Hearing Awareness Week is an opportunity to focus on the needs of the one in six people who are Deaf or hearing impaired or have a chronic ear disorder. It is also an opportunity to explain to all Australians the risks associated with long-term exposure to excessive noise, often in the workplace.
One in six Australians are affected by hearing loss – that’s an estimated 3.5 million people.
The prevalence of hearing loss rises from 1% for people aged younger than 15 years to three in every four people aged over 70 years.
The number of Australians who are hearing impaired or deaf is increasing because of long-term exposure to excessive noise in the workplace, the environment and a result of an ageing population. Hearing loss is projected to increase to 1 in every 4 Australians by 2050.
Hearing Awareness Week (August 23 – 29) aims to highlight the issues faced by people with hearing loss as the organisers, the Deafness Forum of Australia, continue to campaign for greater recognition for the issue.
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 alert people to the issues.