NEW research commissioned by Australian Hearing reveals that the majority of Australians are not aware that untreated hearing loss is associated with some serious health conditions.
In particular, 91 per cent of Australians do not realise there is an association between diabetes and hearing issues.
Hearing loss is a multi-faceted issue and can impact both the person experiencing it, as well as their friends and family.
In young children, undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to poor language skills and behavioural issues, and in older people it can be associated with depression and cognitive decline.
The majority (61 per cent) of Australians aged over 40 years with hearing loss did not seek help within five years, with 42 per cent among those having serious hearing loss.
One in six Australians experiences some level of hearing loss, and that figure is set to increase to one in four over the next 30 years.
It’s time for us all to be a part of the solution and to drive much needed awareness of its potential impact.
Hearing loss, particularly when left untreated, can impact a person’s physical and mental health, work, relationships and family life.
A hearing check takes less than five minutes and is available at Australian Hearing centres or at local doctors.
Founding Member, Hearing Health Advisory Panel