Did you know that the US measles outbreak is at its highest level of cases in more than 25 years? In the last 12months measles cases around the globe have surged by 300% and Australia and New Zealand have not escaped the increase in this deadly disease. Severe complications can come from measles; including pneumonia, swelling of the brain and hearing loss. Sadly, there’s not enough awareness about viral infections and their link to long-term health issues such as hearing loss.
Experts call for earlier detection of hearing loss as new research shows parents don’t prioritise tests for children. Australian schools and parents are urged to test children’s hearing using a clinically proven FREE, government funded app, Sound Scouts. New research launched during Hearing Awareness Week, March 2019 revealed that Australian parents aren’t prioritising critical hearing tests for children. Results show that a staggering one in five (20%) parents have either never had their child’s hearing tested or are unsure if they have.
The question ringing in our ears: Will the Senate Inquiry Recommendation to check our children’s hearing at the start of school be heard?
What does it mean when, a Federal Inquiry that has spent just shy of a year investigating Australia’s hearing health, recommends that children should have their hearing tested at the start of school? One can only assume that there’s good cause for this Recommendation, that it’s based on consultation with key opinion leaders, that it’s supported by research and that it should indeed be put into action. So what led the Inquiry to make this Recommendation?
Written by: Garion Thain It’s September, which means parents around Australia are starting to prepare their little ones for Kindergarten next year. For young children, this is a critical time for developing basic communication and learning skills. It’s a time to look, listen and learn. Keeping close track of a child’s development allows for early intervention, at a time when their strengths and weaknesses become most evident. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 32 million children worldwide have disabling hearing loss.