World Hearing Day: Dementia Link Brings Call for Screening Overhaul

As Hearing Awareness Week begins, Macquarie University researchers say strong links between hearing loss and ageing poorly highlight an urgency for better health screening of older Australians.

The launch of the WHO World Report on Hearing on March 3, World Hearing Day, will point to the urgency for Australia to prevent and address hearing loss across the course of people’s lives, says Professor Catherine McMahon, Macquarie University’s Director of Audiology who is leading the Australian launch of the report.

“Australia leads the world in newborn hearing screening, but then we fall short in addressing hearing loss for people’s remaining life stages,” she says.

“Early identification is critical to successful outcomes in people with hearing loss. This report highlights the importance of addressing hearing loss within national health plans.”

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