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Hearing Awareness week has arrived

22 August 2011 - 5:33pm

August 22 marks the beginning of Hearing Awareness week, with the minister for mental health and ageing launching an expo in Canberra this morning.

Minister Mark Butler opened the Deafness Forum of Australia's Access to Communications and Access to Life event at Parliament House.

"With 22 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in communications technology, people will have the opportunity to sample some of the latest developments in technology, including having their hearing tested and listening to a hearing loss simulator," says Butler.

One in six Australians suffers from some degree of hearing loss, with the percentage predicted to grow by the year 2050.

Throughout the week a number of events will offer the public a chance to learn about preventative measures which help reduce the chance of hearing loss.

There will also be a focus on support for people currently living with a hearing impairment.
Mr Butler says, "Providing better access to support and resources for those people already living with hearing loss was front and centre of this year’s federal budget."

Hearing aids are an expensive, yet necessary item for many, with some insurers offering rebates for their purchase.

Such rebates differ between private health insurance companies, so it is important to evaluate available benefits when choosing a policy.