In a report, the number of Australians who today have a hearing loss is estimated to be 3.6 million or 14.5% of the Australian population.
2.2 million Australian males have a hearing loss, while 1.4 million Australian women live with a hearing loss, according to the report. This means that as of 2017, 18.2% of Australian men and 10.9% of the Australian women have a hearing loss.
10.7% have a mild hearing loss, 2.7% have a moderate hearing loss and 1.1% have a severe hearing loss, the report finds.
Figures will more than double
Projections made by the authors say that the prevalence of hearing loss will more than double to 7.8 million by 2060, meaning that at that time 18.9%, or nearly one in every five Australians, will have a hearing loss.
In the report, hearing loss is defined as 25 dB or worse in the better hearing ear.
In an earlier report LISTEN HEAR! from 2006, 2.6 million Australians had a hearing loss. The number of people with a hearing loss has thus increased by 38.5% from 2006 to 2017, the report states.
Hearing loss in worse ear
If a hearing loss is defined as 25 dB on the worst ear, the figures are even higher. Then the prevalence of hearing loss rises to 19.1% (23% among men and 15.3% among women).
About the report
The report “The social and economic cost of hearing loss in Australia” was produced by Deloitte Access Economics and published by the Hearing Care Industry Association in Australia in June 2017.
Source: Hearing Care Industry Association, www.hcia.com.au