With one in every six Australians experiencing hearing loss or having a chronic ear disorder, it’s surprising to find that the general level of community awareness around hearing related issues is still so low. The mission for Hearing Awareness Week is to spread the knowledge of what 3.5 million Australians live with on a daily basis.
It also provides an opportunity for the 22 per cent of Australians aged 15 and over who are personally impacted by hearing loss to share their experiences and their knowledge in an effort to create better understanding of the needs, aspirations and the contributions that they can make.
Hearing Awareness Week is about dispelling myths and letting the wider Australian community know that there are more possibilities for greater inclusivity than ever before. Employers have more support than ever to make their workplace inclusive and accessible for Australians with a hearing loss.