One in six Australians is affected by mild or greater hearing loss. Prevalence rates for hearing loss are associated with increasing age, rising from less than 1% for people aged younger than 15 years to three in every four-people aged over 70 years. With an ageing population, hearing loss is projected to increase to one in every four Australians by 2050.
The consequence of hearing loss is a reduced ability to communicate effectively. The ability to listen and respond to speaking is reduced and for some, the ability to speak is lost or impaired. Reduced communication abilities impact on a person’s life style. Adverse health effects are associated with hearing loss.