As well as the cost to our health and wellbeing, hearing loss is estimated to cost the nation billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.
Hearing Awareness Week is an initiative of the Deafness Forum of Australia to raise awareness of this often underrated and under-reported condition.
According to research, it takes people an average of seven years from the time they start thinking they might have a hearing problem to actually seek treatment, so the time to act is sooner rather than later.
We are also encouraged to examine the listening habits of our children during Hearing Awareness Week, with the golden rule being that if they are wearing ear buds and you can hear their music, then it’s too loud and is damaging their ears.
To find out more about Hearing Awareness Week, go to hearingawarenessweek.org.au.
Please call Mend on 1300 176 774 if you would like to have a hearing assessment conducted.