What Problem? - HEARsmart

What Problem?

It’s estimated that one in six Australians have a hearing loss, which is expected to rise to one in four by 2050 due to both an ageing population and increased sound exposure.

Many people with hearing loss report feelings of isolation and frustration. Research has shown that hearing loss can also lead to reduced productivity and employment opportunities, decreased quality of life and even problems with mental health. Recent studies suggest that hearing loss may contribute to cognitive decline in the longer term.

These are all good reasons to take the best possible care of your hearing health – have a look around this site to find easy ways to understand your risk and work out things you can do to reduce your risk of developing tinnitus or hearing loss. The time is now!

What does a hearing loss sound like?

Noise-induced hearing loss is often characterised by difficulty in understanding speech in noise and can also involve tinnitus (often experienced as ringing in the ears, buzzing or even roaring).

The best technologies in the world cannot replace lost hearing – listen to some of the hearing loss simulations on the right to experience different types of hearing loss, including tinnitus.