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Hearing Awareness Week



20th - 26th August 2016

One in six Australians - or close to 4 million people - has a hearing health issue and this is on the increase; predicted to be one in four by 2050.

Hearing is the main sense that lays down the foundation for communication and learning.  The effects of hearing loss or reduced hearing in young people unfortunately can be misperceived as rudeness, behavioural issues or interpersonal conflict.

Since 2004, all Queensland newborns have been screened for deafness at birth.  Hearing loss however can occur at any time.  The fact is that some hearing losses have a later onset.  Hearing loss as a result of ear infections or other conditions that are not diagnosed means our young people aren't getting the support they need.  It is crucial that any concerns for hearing be investigated further.

Noise-induced hearing loss is due to exposure to either a sudden, loud noise or exposure to loud noises for a period of time.  This causes damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear (cochlea). Once these cells are damaged, they do not regenerate.  This can result in permanent hearing impairment.

Things you can do to prevent noise-induced hearing loss:

  • Turn down the volume on personal music players
  • Wear hearing protection when exposed to loud noise at work, concerts and sporting events or when using noisy tools at home and work
  • Limit the amount of time you are exposed to loud noise

If you are concerned that your child is not hearing well, Hearing Screening Clinics for 3.5 years to 17 years old are available for free appointment at:

  • Cairns North Community Health Centre - alternative Wednesdays 9am - 2pm.     Ph: 4226 4900
  • Edmonton Community Health Centre - alternative Thursdays 9am - 4pm

           Ph: 4226 4900

Hearing Awareness Week occurs each year in the last full week of August.  It's an opportunity to focus on those people with a hearing impairment and the risks associated with exposure to excessive noise.

For more details contact: Sally O'Brien, School Based Youth Health Nurse

                                        Ph: 40 809 272 or 0418 753 052