Unaddressed hearing loss costs $750 billion worldwide each year and causes lost productivity, cognitive decline, depression, and barriers to education and social integration.
Hearing loss has also been shown to significantly increase the risk of dementia by adding to the cognitive load of the brain or accelerating atrophy.
With 22 per cent of Australians aged 15 and over having a hearing impairment, it’s not an issue to be taken lightly.
Hearing Awareness Week, on 3–9 March 2019, seeks to respond to the impacts of hearing loss by raising community awareness, as well as educating people on protecting their hearing from damage due to noise.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a summary of the information you need to help prevent hearing loss in the workplace.