Waiting to hear: 18-month delay for surgeon, report finds

Waiting  for treatment of hearing impairments can cause lifetime problems for the young.

Waiting for treatment of hearing impairments can cause lifetime problems for the young.

HEARING health should be made a National Health Priority Area, ­according to a report that found there was an 18-month waiting list for the ear, nose and throat surgeon in Mildura.

The report, titled Still Waiting to be Heard, was released this week with its 22 recommendations, including a review of hearing services for aged care residents, improvements to care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and developing a hearing loss prevention program for agricultural commun­ities.

Committee chair Trent Zimmerman said the inquiry followed a report in 2010 tabled by the Senate Community Affairs References ­Committee, titled Hear Us: Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia.

“While some of its recommend­ations have been implemented, many have not,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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