26 February 2009

Little awareness about hearing loss among young adults

Young Australians know little about hearing loss and fail to take necessary precautions to protect their hearing, according to a new study.

Among Australians aged 18-24 years 26 percent are unaware that hearing loss is permanent and incurable, according to a report issued by Australian Hearing, a federal government agency.

According to the report, 15 percent in the same age group do not believe that loud noise can be harmful to their hearing, and they dismiss any importance of the impact of loud noise on hearing.

Young Australians are less inclined to avoid noisy places, such as bars and concerts to protect their hearing and few use hearing protection.

One in six Australians suffers from some degree of hearing loss. This prevalence is projected to increase to one in four by 2050, based on demographic trends towards an aging population and past hearing loss rates, but the unsettling data reported by Australian Hearing raise fears among experts that the prevalence will be even greater.

Source: Australian Hearing Health Report, 2008.
Published on hear-it on February 26, 2009.

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