World Health Organisation highlights issues faced by people with a hearing loss

World Hearing Day

One in 6 Australians is affected by hearing loss – that is an estimated 3.5 million people.  The prevalence of hearing loss rises from 1% for people aged younger than 15 years to 3 in every 4 people aged over 70 years.

On World Hearing Day 2019, WHO will draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.

Feeling isolated and disconnected is one of the main consequences of hearing loss.  People simply want to belong.  It can be embarrassing when you misunderstand the joke or a simple request, you give up and stop trying after a while.  This can make it difficult to get and keep a job and put quite a strain on relationships.  When you keep making simple errors your confidence gradually erodes.  Sometimes mistakes can be entertaining but when they happen a lot they become frustrating for the people who share your life and you begin to lose your confidence.

World hearing day is on day the 4th of march and aims to highlight the issues faced by people with a hearing loss and encourage them to actively manage their loss.  For World hearing day and hearing awareness week,

  • Check your hearing with a free hearing check, its fast fun and free!
  • Learn about your hearing loss and what options are available to help you
  • Find out if you are eligible for free hearing services which include free quality hearing aids through the Australian Government Hearing Service Program.

Make contact with the Jervis Bay Hearing Centre on 44418886 or 44556000 and visit Vincentia, Ulladulla or Sussex Inlet.

Jervis Bay Hearing Centre is a hearing, hearing aid and Cochlear Implant Centre of Excellence.

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