Media release: Australians urged to protect their hearing this World Hearing Day
Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
Minister for Government Services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, is encouraging Australians to protect their hearing to maintain good hearing health throughout life this World Hearing Day.
This year’s theme of To hear for life, listen with care is a timely reminder for everyone to focus on the importance of preventing hearing loss and to have regular hearing checks.
“It’s important that people know how to take care of their hearing. This includes making sure you protect yourself from exposure to loud sounds, which is the most significant cause of preventable hearing loss in the Australian population.
“There are approximately 3.6 million Australians living with hearing loss and as our population ages, this number is expected to double to an estimated 7.8 million people in 2060,” said Minister Reynolds.
“This year, Hearing Australia celebrates 75 years of innovating and delivering world leading hearing services, and I acknowledge the incredible contribution the organisation has made since it was established.”
Through Hearing Australia, the Morrison Government is funding the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Program, which provides free or subsidised services to eligible children and adults with long-term or permanent hearing loss. In 2020-21 Hearing Australia provided care for over 72,000 clients through the CSO program.
The Morrison Government has also recently extended funding for the hugely successful Hearing Assessment Program Early Ears (HAPEE) program, which delivers hearing checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0 - 6 not yet attending full time school, and ongoing support and information for parents and carers.
“Since the start of HAPEE in 2019, Hearing Australia has conducted hearing checks for over 12,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Early diagnosis and treatment of ear problems is critical in reducing the high rates of hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. By collaborating with local services and communities, Hearing Australia is helping to improve the hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the nation,” said Minister Reynolds.