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Audiology Australia joins the World Health Organization's World Hearing Forum

Audiology Australia has been made a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Hearing Forum, a global network of stakeholders promoting ear and hearing care worldwide.

Members of the advocacy network commit to facilitating implementation of the World Hearing Assembly resolution WAH70.13 on “Prevention of deafness and hearing loss”.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss; of these, 34 million are children. In addition, it is estimated 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings and through personal audio devices. It is expected that these numbers will rise considerably in the coming decades, unless action is taken to prevent and treat hearing loss.

The World Hearing Forum aims to fill a critical gap by bringing a collective vision to advocacy and collaboration in this field.

Audiology Australia CEO, Dr Tony Coles, said gaining membership to the World Hearing Forum is a vital step in global collaboration to prevent and treat hearing loss both in Australia, and around the world.

“Audiology in Australia has a proud history of leadership, advocacy and setting high standards of ethical clinical practice, and this membership gives us a seat at the table to help shape improved hearing health outcomes globally,” said Tony.

Audiology Australia has supported WHO hearing health initiatives, including being part of a global campaign on World Hearing Day 2019 that encouraged people to have their hearing checked.

“We look forward to working with the World Health Organization and other members of the World Hearing Forum to further hearing health initiatives including World Hearing Day 2020.”

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