Experts are urging Australians to seek out help for their hearing loss, whatever their age, arguing it is the key to healthy ageing
In 2001 the World Health Organization launched the World Report on Hearing, highlighted seven critical H.E.A.R.I.N.G. interventions and stressed the importance of integrated people-centred ear and hearing care. Working in the community and with general practitioners, Lions Hearing Clinic, part of Ear Science Institute Australia, strives to make quality hearing care available to as many West Australians as possible.
Adopt these simple safe listening behaviours and make your hearing a priority
Keep the volume down
Set your device’s volume level to no more than 60% of the maximum.
Use well-fitted, and noise-cancelling headphones.
Protect your ears from loud sounds
Wear earplugs in noisy places.
Move away from sources of sound, such as loudspeakers.
Limit time spent engaged in noisy activities
In a noisy place, take regular breaks in a quiet area.
Limit daily use of personal audio devices.
Monitor listening levels
Use apps to monitor your sound exposure.
Choose devices with built-in safe listening features.
Regular hearing assessments
The sooner you can detect hearing loss, the better the outcome.
Ear Science reports that more than 1 in 4 people aged over 65, the new breed of ‘young seniors,’ have hearing loss but many persevere in life untreated and therefore compromised. WHD raises awareness and highlights the importance of good hearing and ways to prevent or treat hearing loss.
Lions Hearing Clinics focus solely on hearing and is part of Ear Science Institute Australia, a world-renowned centre of excellence; all funds feed directly into research. Lions offer comprehensive hearing services throughout 18 clinics in WA, as well as free hearing screening online.
This World Hearing Day, Lions Hearing Clinic will be holding Perth’s largest hearing screening blitz ever, making it easy for West Australians to make their hearing a priority.