One in every six Australians has hearing loss, with 128,000 people of any age at risk of severe to profound hearing loss. In New South Wales alone, it’s estimated that 39,000 residents aged 45 and over are at risk of severe hearing loss – but just three per cent receive potentially life-changing solutions such as cochlear implants.
Hearing loss can affect anyone, at any time in their life. Nearly half of individuals with hearing loss are of working age. Damage to hearing is cumulative over the life course, and some is preventable or manageable. It’s clear we need to care more about our hearing health.
To that end, Macquarie University has been working together with leaders in our faculties and community to shape a dedicated hearing strategy.
Fundamental to our experience of the world, hearing influences every aspect of our lives, from the development of language in our childhood through to our independence in old age. By working collaboratively to connect key researchers, clinicians, educators, regulators and commercial partners, Macquarie University can transform the way hearing health is understood and practiced, thereby improving the lives of people affected by hearing loss.
~ Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton
The result of that internal and external collaboration was the Macquarie University Hearing Strategy Green Paper, which was released in December 2018.
Your considered feedback helped to shape the Macquarie University Hearing Strategy 2030 – and we are pleased to announce that it is now available to read.
To download the Macquarie University Hearing Strategy 2030, and to read more about our exciting university-wide collaborations and initiatives, visit the Hearing Strategy webpage.
Together we can transform the lives of people affected by hearing loss.