Australians are not hearing the message that good audio health care should be a personal priority.
That’s a finding of one of Australia’s largest surveys into hearing health, The Campaign for Better Hearing Survey 2019.
Comparing the average time someone with hearing problems waited before seeking medical advice it found that, globally, almost half (48%) of all respondents organised a hearing test within six months compared to just 16% of Australians.
Among the main reasons given for not addressing hearing health issues were embarrassment, cost, wanting to ignore the signs of ageing, and hearing loss was part of ageing that couldn’t be helped.
The Campaign for Better Hearing is an initiative of hearing health specialists AudioClinic, HearingLife, Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions, and Western Hearing Services, with more than 400 clinics participating nationwide. The campaign raises awareness of hearing health across communities, and provides a direct way for Australians to have their hearing tested.
To find out more, click here or phone 1300 460 460 to find your local clinic.
Jokes aside: An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.
The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said: "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."
The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to their conversations. I've changed my will three times!"