Media release: sign our national petition
Australia’s largest hearing health campaign Break the Sound Barrier will today launch a national petition urging Commonwealth and state governments to make hearing health a National Health Priority Area.
The petition is launching in Hearing Awareness Week (August 21-28).
Break the Sound Barrier has for the first time united not for profit organisations, hearing professionals, commercial partners and people from across Australia to call for better supports, services and community education about hearing health.
Deafness Forum of Australia Chair, David Brady said hearing loss affects one in six Australians and causes more disease burden than alcohol dependence, Parkinson’s Disease, or even melanoma for both men and women.
“Hearing loss is expected to affect one in four people by 2050 but it’s not one of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas, which receive funding for education, services, and research,” Mr Brady said.
“That means almost 4 million Australians are not receiving the support they need to live healthy lives and reach their potential.
“It means children are falling through the gaps at school; people with chronic and debilitating conditions such as tinnitus are not being given hope of a cure; and family budgets straining to cope with the cost of devices such as hearing aids that they need to work and contribute to our community.
“It also means there’s more to be done to make our workplaces, schools, public spaces and even sporting venues more accessible and inclusive for people with hearing loss.”
Mr Brady said all state and territories need to agree through COAG to add hearing health to the list of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas, which has not been revised since 2012.
Break The Sound Barrier is harnessing the stories of ordinary Australian people on-line and in the media and through community events across the countr
y to put hearing health and well-being on our national health national agenda.