Joel Callen

Hearing

People with hearing loss suffer in silence

People with hearing loss suffer in silence

More than half of Australians with hearing difficulties have done nothing about their condition, a Newspoll survey commissioned by Cochlear has found.

Around one in five Australians suffer from some form of hearing impairment, which not only makes it difficult to communicate with others but can increase your risk of loneliness and depression as well as damage relationships with friends and family.

However, a survey of more than 1,200 adults found that 52 per cent of those suffering hearing loss have not doing anything about their impairments. Of those, 40 per cent had not even consulted a doctor or health professional.

This is despite the fact that 72 per cent of people said they struggled in noisy environments, a quarter said their working life was affected and nearly half of people reported hearing loss adversely impacted interactions with friends and family.

Professor Graeme Clark, who created the cochlear implant for moderately to profoundly deaf people, told the Sydney Morning Herald that many people were embarrassed by their condition.

“It's obvious that the stigma of hearing loss still has a major impact on people's quality of life, but it must be remembered that hearing loss affects people of all ages, from newborns to elderly people – and there's nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.

So if you’ve got hearing loss, please don’t suffer in silence. Get your ears checked so you can live life to the fullest.