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A trial is underway in Darwin which uses a new approach to dealing with poor hearing in the Indigenous population. The Larrakia Nation Aborignal Corporation are using a direct approach to dealing with hearing problems by trialing the use of 13 portable hearing aids.
Dr Damien Howard said 'Between 40% of Indigenous adults in urban communities and up to 70% of Indigenous adults in remote communities have some degree of hearing loss'. A recent study also found up to 90% of Indigenous prisoners in the NT have hearing loss.
Poor hearing leads to a range of other problems including poor outcomes for kids in school and reduced training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people. The new portable hearing aids will hopefully lead to less miscommunications and better outcomes.