Research Reports

From time to time HCIA commissions research about the social and economic impact of hearing loss.

2020 – Hearing For Life

HCIA commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to update the 2017 Social and Economic Costs of Hearing Loss in Australia and calculate a new eligibility for the HSP for vulnerable Australians. The report finds that more than 8000 financially vulnerable people could return to the workforce under proposed changes to the national Hearing Services Program (HSP).

The report also found the number of Australians with hearing loss is 3.95 million people in 2019-20 – or 15.3% of the population – a 9.7% increase from 3.6 million people in 2017.

Read more about HCIA Hearing for Life – The Value of Hearing Services for Vulnerable Australians – March 2020 or Download the report.

2017 – Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss

HCIA believes good policy should be evidence-based. This is why it funded the Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia – June 2017 report prepared by Deloitte Access Economics.

In 2006, Access Economics quantified the impact and estimated impact of both the financial costs and the loss of wellbeing from hearing loss in Australia in 2005. The Hearing Care Industry Association (HCIA) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to update this report for 2017, with the intention of raising awareness of the economic cost of hearing impairment in Australia and to inform policy making. This is important to help ensure that available resources are directed towards the most effective preventive and therapeutic interventions.

Download a full copy of the report: Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia – June 2017.