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?
The impact of hearing loss in children is still commonly misunderstood. We recently asked our Facebook followers 5 questions to find out what they knew about this issue. Here are our answers: Do Australian Primary school children have their hearing checked when they start school? In most states and territories, Australian primary school children do not have their hearing checked before starting school. In NSW, preschool children are offered a sight test, but not a hearing test.