According to research commissioned by Hearing Australia, more than 59 per cent of respondents say their partner or parent doesn’t believe they have a hearing problem, or they think they’re coping fine – despite knowing their hearing isn’t what it used to be.
For over 50s, almost 75 per cent of those with a family member who hasn’t had a hearing check, say it’s likely due to them thinking they don’t have a problem.
Since this week is Hearing Awareness Week, National Seniors is calling on all older Australians to take part in the Hearing Australia Hear&Now 2020 Challenge.
It’s time for all Australians to get within earshot!
Many older Australians are embarrassed or reluctant to have their hearing checked, as they do not want to admit they are getting older, and as such their hearing is not what is used to be.
However, hearing health is vital for families being able to effectively communicate with one another.
- An estimated 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss
- The prevalence of those affected is projected to more than double to 7.8 million by 2060
- Nearly 60 per cent of Australians say their parent or partner doesn’t believe they have a hearing problem, or they think they’re coping fine – despite knowing their hearing isn’t what it used to be.
There are 1,500 free hearing checks at local community events held each month in locations around Australia.
Challenge your loved ones to take a free online hearing check. It only takes 10 minutes – the same amount of time it takes to get a coffee - and could change their life, and yours.
This content was written in conjunction with Hearing Australia.