What was this report about?
This 2005 comprehensive report details the cost of hearing loss In Australia. It thoroughly examines the causes, prevalence, assessment, health and other social costs, impact on individual lives, educational requirements, medical and social care of deaf children and adults.
What were the key findings?
- In 2005, there were an estimated 20,000 deaf children under 15 years in Australia.
- The estimated cost of hearing loss to the nation (in 2005) was $11.7 billion.
- 27% of deaf children had at least one associated disability
- Aboriginal children had much higher rates of hearing loss due to poorly managed chronic ear infection and limited public health programs to tackle this.
- Within much of the Deaf Community, deafness was perceived less as a disability, and instead as an alternative cultural experience and source of pride rather than stigma.
Where can I read more about this report?
Listen Hear! The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia.
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