Over 360 Million People with Hearing Loss Worldwide

Over 360 Million People with Hearing Loss Worldwide

The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 360 million people in the world living with disabling hearing loss. As people are living longer than they did in the past, the prevalence of hearing loss has also gone up.
Close to a third of people above the age of 65 live with hearing loss.
Even though there are hearing devices that can restore a person’s ability to hear, they are commonly in short supply.
According to Dr Shelly Chadha, of the WHO’s Department of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness:
“Current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of global need. In developing countries, fewer than one out of 40 people who need a hearing aid have one. WHO is exploring technology transfer as a way to promote access to hearing aids in developing countries.”
Of the millions of people in the world who suffer from hearing loss, only a fraction obtain hearing aids which help them overcome the difficulties. 16% of the Europeans with hearing loss have hearing aids and only 1% of Chinese do.

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IN THE NEWS: July 8th 2016, CBD News Editorial

IN THE NEWS: July 8th 2016, CBD News Editorial

IN THE NEWS: July 8th 2016, CBD News Editorial

In a recent article in the CBD News, Dr Moh Dadafarin chats about the customer service focus that makes Ear & Hearing Australia clinics unique in the hearing care industry.

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Article Excerpt:

… For Moh and his team, it’s all about going over and above so that first-time visitors become life-long customers who are happy to refer their friends and family.

“We are known as a premium hearing service provider in Melbourne. Focusing on clients and their hearing needs, our audiologists provide high level of care and employ holistic approach for optimal treatment outcomes.”

He added: “We look at the whole person. We don’t just look at people’s ears or their test results. Instead, we look at their hearing difficulties, their hearing and social needs and look at their lifestyle before we recommend any treatments.

Hearing aids, as the most common option for treating hearing loss, have been shown to improve people’s quality of life, provide better self esteem, and improve mental health.

“And hearing aids have changed dramatically. People can now have invisible hearing aids that work like contact lenses,” Dr Dadafarin said.

Ear and Hearing Australia is one of the few practices accredited to fit the new Lyric brand ‘invisible’ hearing aids.

“A revolutionary 100 per cent invisible device that can be worn 24/7 for months at a time, with no battery to change and with no need for daily insertion and removal.”

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How to Manage Stress and Help Your Hearing

How to Manage Stress and Help Your Hearing

How to Manage Stress and Help Your Hearing

There are very few good things you can say about stress. Aside from increasing awareness and improving physical performance, too much stress in your life can be physically and emotionally debilitating. Chronic stress causes health problems ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure to infertility, headaches and increased belly fat.

Stress can also damage your hearing health. When you stress, your capillaries constrict. That’s a good thing if you sustain a flesh wound because your bleeding will be restricted — but it’s not good for your hearing health.
Restricted blood flow can damage the hair cells in the inner ear and permanently impair brain function.

Eat a balanced diet
Although there aren’t any specific foods that specifically reduce stress, concentrate on eating a balance of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating well protects your hearing health too, especially when you include healthy doses of folate (spinach, black-eyed peas and other leafy greens) and omega 3 fatty-acids (fish). Feel free to eat
dark chocolate as well. In addition to lowering the level of stress hormones, it is rich in antioxidants.

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Get daily exercise
Whether you’re training for a marathon or just enjoy taking the dog for a walk around the block, daily exercise is a great way to get your blood pumping, elevate your mood and protect your hearing health. Studies show that regular aerobic exercise actually helps preserve hearing function in older adults by increasing the circulation and oxygen flow in our bodies.

See your doctor regularly
Health conditions can make us tense and create stress so make sure to see your doctor regularly. Don’t forget to ask him to check your hearing, too. Regular exams can catch a variety of hearing health problems that may be correctible if detected early.

Strengthen relationships with friends and family
Having a strong support system goes a long way in reducing stress levels. It can also be beneficial for your hearing health as it’s often a family member who is the first to notices changes in your hearing health.

Find reasons to laugh
Laughing lowers the level of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones.

Get a dog
Studies show spending time with the family pet is an effective stress reducer. Playing with our pets helps take our minds off our problems and fulfills our natural instincts to care for something other than ourselves.

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Learn how to relax
Think about the things that make you happy and indulge in them more often. Yoga, meditation, recreational reading and listening to good music are a few suggestions to get you started.

 Article adapted from healthyhearing.com

Hearing Health Crisis in Aged Care

Hearing Health Crisis in Aged Care

Hearing Health Crisis in Aged Care

Image: Assistant Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Jones, Queensland Senator Joe Ludwig and Deafness Forum chairman David Bady at the launch of “Make It Number 10” at Parliament House. 

MEDIA RELEASE September 2014

Hearing health crisis in Aged Care

A lack of formal training for carers has created a hidden crisis in hearing health in Australia’s aged care system.

According to the Deafness Forum of Australia, despite the high proportion of aged people requiring hearing care, their needs have been grossly ignored.

“It is a national disgrace that while more than seven out of ten older Australians suffer from hearing loss, the staff entering the aged care system are seldom trained to assist them,” said David Brady, chairman of the national advocacy body.

For many years, hearing assistance has been given minimal attention in pre-service training for both community in-home and residential carers. Staff with limited knowledge may not sufficiently recognise hearing assistance needs when drawing up personal care plans that describe the scope of care that will be provided to a person. Deafness Forum said the result is wide-spread under-recognition and under-management of hearing loss in both community and residential aged care settings.

“Carers are hard-working and highly valued by the community, but how can we expect them to do their jobs if they don’t receive the necessary training?” David Brady said. Even a mild hearing loss can create difficulties in conversation, leading to social isolation and serious anxiety. If it is ignored, hearing loss may also increase depression and dementia.

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council determines the training given to future aged care staff in TAFE and private colleges across Australia. The Skills Council is currently reviewing these training requirements but has resisted calls to include adequate instruction in hearing assistance in the relevant Direct Client Care Training Package.

“After years of this neglect the standard of hearing assistance must be improved as rapidly as possible,” Mr Brady said.

Deafness Forum wants an elective unit for students which allows for deeper study of hearing assistance. Over time, this would create a cadre of staff who can help lift the quality of hearing assistance in aged care.

Hearing assistance includes:

• Techniques to use when communicating with a hearing impaired or Deaf person

• Knowledge of hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and other communication technologies

• Management and basic trouble shooting of hearing aids, assistive listening devices and cochlear implants.

More than 3.5 million Australians are expected to use aged care services each year by 2050. “This makes the demand for a solution, not just someone else’s problem, but very personal for every member of the community.”

“We cannot and will not walk away from our responsibility to this very large group of people” David Bady said.

Deafness Forum of Australia is the national representative of all Australians who have a hearing impairment, a chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or deafblind, and the families who support them. It recently announced its public campaign to make Hearing the 10th National Health Priority in Australia.