Around 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss, with more than a third (37 per cent) of cases being preventable, according to a report released yesterday by Hearing Care Industry Australia (HCIA).
The report projects that by 2060 the number of Australians with hearing loss will more than double to 7.8 million – equivalent to one in every five Australians.
The report highlights that hearing loss can lead to premature retirement, many sick days and a diminished capacity to work productively, as well as having a significant impact on an individual’s ability to socialise.
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