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Research finds hearing loss compounded in the home

Date posted: 9 March 2015

A pre-conference on Indigenous ear health has been presented with new research exposing the link between a loud home environment and hearing loss.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have some of the worst ear health in the world as a result of widespread childhood middle ear disease. It's now believed the problem is being inadvertently compounded with those with poor hearing, due to requiring volume increases in their social communications and entertainment systems, which is creating hearing loss among people around them.

Dr. Damien Howard is a leading expert on the social outcomes of Indigenous hearing loss and says in the past, it was thought that noise in the home would not contribute to hearing loss.

Source: National Indigenous Radio Service


Last updated: 9 March 2015
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