‘The ability to communicate, to speak and listen to others is fundamental to participation in work, education, social activities and the community at large.’
‘A loss of hearing fundamentally changes the ability of a person to communicate and thus limits the way they are able to interact with society. This can lead to isolation and have profound social and economic consequences for both the individual and society. *’
At the present time, one in six Australians suffers from some form of hearing loss. Given our ageing population, this is set to increase to one in every four Australians by 2050.
In 2005, Access Economics estimated that the financial cost of hearing loss was $11.75 billion, or 1.4% of GDP.
*The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia. A report by Access Economics Pty Ltd, February 2006.