Did you know that one in six Australians are affected by hearing loss? That is an estimated 3.5 million people with half of those being people of working age.
This week is Hearing Awareness Week and Member for Fisher Mal Brough MP is asking the Sunshine Coast to consider: ‘How loud is too loud?’
“This year’s theme is aimed at informing people how much noise they are exposed to on a daily basis and highlighting that exposure to noise is a known cause of about one third of the cases of hearing loss,” Mr Brough said.
“During the week I had the opportunity to participate in a Silent Sports Challenge at Parliament House. Rugby League legend Wally Lewis was on-hand to help with the event and raise awareness of the difficulties faced by those who are hearing impaired.
“Many people ignore the signs of hearing loss. I encourage anyone who notices that they are having to turn the television up, or are asking people to repeat themselves, to visit the doctor,” Mr Brough said.
The Australian Government, through the Office of Hearing Services, is a proud supporter of Hearing Awareness Week.
Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said last financial year over 700,000 clients sought help for hearing loss, and received services and support under the Australian Government’s Hearing Services Programme.
The Office of Hearing Services also responded to more than 178,000 calls from clients and hearing service providers last year regarding eligibility, entitlements, and programme information.
“Earlier this year a new website and online portal www.hearingservices.gov.au was launched,” Minister Nash said.
“The site allows hearing service providers and people with hearing loss to directly apply online for hearing services.
“If you know someone who is experiencing hearing loss, please encourage them to visit the hearingservices.gov.au website.”
Hearing Awareness Week is celebrated annually and is coordinated by the Deafness Forum of Australia.
The website www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au has details of the events being held around Australia this week and it also has some useful information about the decibel ratings of everyday sounds from lawn mowers to computers.