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Australian Minister emphasises importance
of early intervention.
Posted: 21st August 2015

 

DeafHear.ie Australian Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash  2015.
Australian Assistant Minister
for Health Fiona Nash

DeafHear has been highlighting for some time the importance for adults of treating acquired hearing loss earlier. One in six people have some level of hearing loss, and over a quarter of a million Irish adults have a ‘significant disabling hearing loss’ as defined by the World Health Organisation. However, only one third of people who would benefit from hearing aids actually have them.

Earlier this week the Australian Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash emphasised that early intervention is the key, and pointed out that once hearing is damaged, it often cannot be repaired. Minister Nash said ‘hearing is something most Australians take for granted, but imagine a life without it. One–in–six Australians currently experience some sort of hearing loss and this figure is expected to grow to one–in–four Australians by the year 2050 as the population ages. Hearing loss reduces our ability to communicate with our friends and family and to participate in social situations. It can also affect education and job prospects.’


One–in–six Australians currently experience some sort of hearing loss!

This figure is expected to grow to one–in–four
Australians by the year 2050.


The World Health Organisation has pointed out that hearing loss ‘has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.’ These consequences can include social isolation, increased cognitive decline and depression.

One in three people aged over 60 have a significant hearing loss, but because people wait up to 10 years to seek treatment, less than one third who need hearing aids have had them fitted. However, people who get hearing aids consistently report improvements in quality of life, relationships and social participation. The earlier they have been fitted with hearing aids, the greater the benefits they report.


One in three people aged over 60 have a significant hearing loss

but because people wait up to 10 years to seek treatment less than one third who need hearing aids have had them fitted.


Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Information says that the critical factor in limiting the impact of hearing loss on a person’s quality of life is to get treatment earlier. ‘For most people with acquired hearing loss, the best solution is the fitting of hearing aids as soon as possible. Delaying for a number of years only increases the negative consequences of the hearing loss, while reducing the potential benefits of the hearing aids’ he said.

In September DeafHear will launch a new national campaign aimed at increasing awareness of hearing loss among the general public and encouraging people to seek treatment earlier.

 

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