Breaking the sound barrier for 1 in 6 Australians
People with hearing loss and deafness are uniting across Australia in a new national campaign to make hearing health and well-being a national health priority. Break the Sound Barrier is launching in Sydney tomorrow.
With one in six Australians affected by a hearing health issue, the campaign aims to be a powerful new voice in the national health debate.
It’s uniting people with hearing who are Deaf or have hearing loss, not for profit providers, hearing professionals and commercial partners in a community led campaign that will lead to more services, more research and more public awareness about hearing issues.
Deafness Forum of Australian Chair, David Brady, said hearing health and well-being needs to be alongside existing national health priorities such as obesity, cancer and heart disease.
“We have an aging population, with the first Baby Boomers now turning 70. Workplaces are noisy. Our population is growing and we have a generation of teenagers who are exposed to dangerous levels of noise through headphones and concerts.
“Breaking the sound barrier refers to the fact that hearing health and well being is not one of Australia’s national health priorities.
“It means there we do not have adequate investment in services and research we need. It also means there is not a focus on educating the community to prevent the tsunami of environmentally induced hearing issues that is expected in coming decades.
“It’s a barrier that is preventing too many Australians from reaching their potential.”
Break The Sound Barrier will harness the stories of ordinary Australian people on-line and in the media and through community events across the country to put hearing health and well- being on our national health national agenda.
It begins today with the launch of a Six Point Plan for political parties ahead of the Federal Election.