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Clear message for Hearing Awareness Week

February 25th, 2018

Did you know that one in six Australians is deaf, hearing impaired or has an ear disorder?

During National Hearing Awareness Week, Guide Dogs SA/NT urges you to protect your hearing.

Some of the early warning signs are: you can hear but not understand; you find it hard to hear in noisy situations or groups of people; you think people mumble; you need turn the TV up louder than others or, you don't always hear the doorbell or the phone.

Hearing loss is often a gradual process and happens with age or is caused by excessive loud noises.

However, noise damage can occur at any age and in any location – in the workplace, socially or around the house. Common sources of noise at home include power tools, lawnmowers and hairdryers.

At Guide Dogs SA/NT we’re much more than dogs and our Hearing Services Team has tips and equipment to assist you at home and your workplace.

The message is clear - check out our services.

Our handy fact sheets provide tips to find out if you have a hearing loss, ways to help you protect your hearing, and ways to communicate with someone who has a hearing loss.

Unaddressed hearing loss has a high cost – estimated to be $750 billion world-wide. Hearing loss can be isolating, a barrier to education, and cause a loss of productivity and depression.

 

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