Hearing loss affects around one in six Australians (source: WHO).
Hearing loss can occur for many reasons. We naturally lose some of our hearing as we age. Many people who work in noisy environments experience high-frequency hearing loss. This means hearing the clarity of speech and voices becomes hard. Sometimes hearing loss happens because of illness and infection.
Because hearing is such an important part of how we connect to the world – in conversations, watching TV or listening to our favourite radio program or podcast – being hard of hearing can lead to isolation, lower wages, depression and ill-health.