About hearing loss

The prevalence of hearing loss in Australia (better ear) in 2017 was estimated to be 3.6 million people – 2.2 million males and 1.4 million females. This represent 14.5% of the Australian population.

In 2060, it is estimated that the prevalence of hearing loss (better ear) will reach up to 7.8 million people – 18.9% of the total population.

Approximately 49% of child hearing loss is estimated to be preventable, while for adults it is thought that 37% of hearing loss is preventable.

*The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia – June 2017, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics for HCIA