‘Hear the Future’ is this year’s theme for Hearing Awareness Week. Telethon Speech & Hearing aims to make sure all WA children have a future to hear by offering free ear health and hearing checks for children on Wednesday, 28 February 2018.
In a bold move by the organisation, Telethon Speech & Hearing will accept bookings for young babies and children in its world-class facilities in Wembley. All checks will be performed by qualified Audiologists under the guidance of its newly appointed Head of Audiology, Ian Henderson.
Hearing loss is a significant disability in Australia. Around 3.6 million Australians (14.5% of the population) are affected by hearing loss, at a cost to the Australian economy of an estimated $15.9 billion.*
Yet hearing health and wellbeing is not one of Australia’s national health priorities.
“Otitis media or ‘glue ear’ is one of the most common childhood illnesses and may be a contributing factor to speech, balance or learning difficulties,” said Mr Henderson.
“However, it is easily overlooked because it isn’t always indicated by ear pain. Young children can’t express this hearing loss and often parents mistakenly feel their child is ignoring them.”
Mr Henderson advises parents may pick up clues of ear troubles by a child’s ear-tugging (or poking), irritability or disrupted sleep. He also cautions children can develop hearing loss any time after birth, and the consequences of prolonged hearing loss can significantly impact a child’s development and quality of life.
“Even when a child passes newborn hearing screening, speech delay may result later on from ear infections and congestion,” he said.
“Even a mild or partial hearing loss can have life-long impacts to a child’s education and development. If you have a child less than five years of age, book a free appointment with one of our experienced audiologists and ensure your child has a sound future.”
Telethon Speech & Hearing will run free hearing checks for children and adults on –
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Telethon Speech & Hearing, 36 Dodd St Wembley 6014
Bookings are required. Please contact Telethon Speech & Hearing on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9387 9888 to arrange an appointment.
Telethon Speech & Hearing will check the ear health of your child. If hearing or other assessment is also needed we will do this and/or recommend a full assessment later.
GP referrals are not required. However, it is recommended that you bring in any previous medical or audiology results.
References: The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia – June 2017, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics for HCIA.
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