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February 2006, The Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant and Hearing
Aid Innovation and the Victorian Deaf Society commissioned Access Economics to
undertake the “Listen Hear” study into the “Economic impact and cost of hearing
loss in Australia”. The following brief excerpt from the Listen Hear! Executive
summary highlights the extent and impact of hearing loss on the community.
six Australians is affected by 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 1 in every 4
Australians by 2050.
The net consequence of hearing
loss is a reduced capacity to communicate. 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 chances through the reduced opportunity to equitably
participate in education, to gain competitive skills and employment and to
participate in relationships. Adverse health effects are associated with
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