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World Hearing Day (3 March)

Changing mindsets: Let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all!

Sunday 3 March 2024 is World Hearing Day. This year’s theme is ‘Changing mindsets: Let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all!’

Change is the only constant, and in the realm of ear and hearing care, it’s an absolute must. Over 80% of the world’s ear and hearing care needs remain unmet, according to the World Health Organization. In Australia, there is still work to be done to improve access to services, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and those living in regional and remote areas.

We’re calling time on stigma, embarrassment and inaction. It’s time to get real about hearing health as a country.

It’s time for a national rethink on ear and hearing care.

Change is up to all of us

Get talking and challenge the stigma.

Australia, it’s time to get real and start talking to take the stigma out of hearing health. Hearing loss is more common than you think and can occur at any age. 

Make hearing checks part of your annual health routine like the dentist and eye tests.  Not only can we pick up changes early but there are many great options available to help you. Don’t join those regretting not acting sooner. Seek help from a qualified audiologist today!

Share accurate information.

Prioritise your hearing by downloading and sharing resources from reputable organisations such as Audiology Australia (AudA), or the World Health Organisation, to familiarise yourself with best-practice hearing care.

How are you taking care of your hearing?

 

Stories of change

Audiology Australia and our qualified Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologists are walking the talk on improving access to hearing care services, both in Australia and around the world.

How Two Australians Kickstarted Malawi’s First Hearing Training Centre

Ten years ago, AudA Accredited Audiologists Peter and Rebecca Bartlett launched Malawi’s first audiology training centre.

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audiologist assists under-resourced communities in Nauru

AudA Accredited Audiologist Jessica-Lee Miettinen always knew she wanted to use her expertise to help communities in need.

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First of its Kind Workforce Summit

In 2022, AudA brought together service providers, consumer and business groups, researchers and government officials to shape hearing health service in Australia’s regions.

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Working towards reconciliation in hearing care

Our Reconciliation Action Plan is addressing hearing health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.

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Hear from audiologists from around Australia

Every day, our qualified Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologists are making a difference to help the 1 in 7 Australians affected by hearing loss.

"We know that for many adults with hearing loss, they do not easily discuss their hearing loss with others."

 

“Some might feel embarrassed or ashamed. Others might think it’s a natural part of ageing. I’d like to see this mindset change. Hearing loss is common and nothing to be ashamed of. There are good solutions available.”

Dr Barbra Timmer

President, Audiology Australia, QLD

"I see the theme as a challenge to make ear and hearing health everybody’s business."

 

“The consequences of neglecting ear and hearing care needs are significant, impacting both individuals and society as a whole.”

Kathleen Stoop

AudA Accredited Audiologist, WA

Read Kathleen’s full interview

"Changing mindsets at the highest levels is required to see any great change in the field."

 

“I would hope that government policy putting greater value on audiology services would then flow on to greater public awareness and access to hearing care in the future.”

Kim Gordon

AudA Accredited Audiologist, ACT

"It is an opportunity to come together to innovate and create."

 

“What I love about World Hearing Day is that it encourages all stakeholders around the world to raise awareness on ear and hearing care and understand the cost of unaddressed hearing loss to individuals’, communities, and societies.”

Seray Lim

AudA Accredited Audiologist, VIC

Read Seray’s full interview

"It's not often recognised as a health issue that has serious impacts."

 

“Hearing loss has serious impacts on language, communication, employment and other areas of life.”

Prasha Sooful

AudA Accredited Audiologist, NT

"Many people are genuinely unaware that they have developed a mild/moderate level of hearing loss."

 

“Those people with an insidiously developing high frequency hearing loss are therefore not going to report concerns about their hearing to their GPs – because they are just not aware of them. “

Myriam Westcott

AudA Accredited Audiologist, VIC

"To me, World Hearing Day 2024 means that I have an opportunity to reflect."

 

“To ask myself, not what should others do, but how can I do better? To take personal responsibility—not for my industry—but for myself. And maybe, I can provide a little space and inspiration for my fellow colleagues to do the same thing.. “

Keith ‘The Earman’ Chittleborough

AudA Accredited Audiologist, VIC

Read Keith’s full interview

"This year's theme means destigmatising hearing loss."

 

“I still see clients who feel shame when they are identified with a hearing loss or who have a child identified with a hearing loss. That whole idea of hearing loss being associated with being “dumb” or “not all there” or shameful needs to be stamped out.”

Rebecca Allnutt PSM

AudA Accredited Audiologist, NT

Read Rebecca’s full interview

Read her journey into audiology

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Find out more about World Hearing Day and your hearing

What is World Hearing Day?

Held annually on 3 March, World Hearing Day is a global awareness campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the importance and value of hearing healthcare and the need to protect hearing throughout the course of our lives.

Visit the World Hearing Day 2024 WHO website

How do we hear?

Our ears work with our brain using a delicate system to transport sound waves through the outer, middle, and inner ear and process and transform sound signals into the things we hear.

Sound waves travel down our ear canal where they are vibrated through the ear drum. The sound is then conducted by the smallest bones in the body ‘the hammer, anvil and stirrup’ into the cochlea in the inner ear where tiny hairs perfectly tuned to specific pitches transform the sound into signals that are sent along the hearing nerve to our brain.

Our brain then helps us process and understand these signals as the things we hear.

How does an audiologist help?

Audiologists are highly skilled and trained hearing health professionals who provide advice, treatment, education, and interventions for people with hearing, communication, and balance problems. They can work closely with other health professions and in a wide variety of health and education settings.

Audiologists:

  • Conduct diagnostic hearing and balance assessments.
  • Develop and implement personalised rehabilitation and treatment programs, including working holistically with a broader health team to manage hearing health needs.
  • Provide counselling and rehabilitation for clients with tinnitus to help them adjust to the condition and improve their quality of life.
  • Prescribe, fit, and program hearing aids, implants and assistive listening technology systems.
  • Work with educators in schools and classrooms to maximise listening environments and support for children with hearing needs.
  • Design, implement and supervise hearing health programs such as newborn screening programs.

Our Find an Audiologist search tool is a quick and easy way to find an AudA Accredited Audiologist near you.

Find an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist today

Your hearing is precious. Don’t wait for the signs of hearing loss to appear — take a proactive step today by adding a regular hearing check to your healthcare routine.