During the week of World Hearing Day, Soundfair took the helm at Croakey’s rotated, curated Twitter account @WePublicHealth and shared a stack of useful resources and publications about hearing-related matters, as summarised below.
Last year on World Hearing Day, Soundfair launched the HearMe Project – a collaboration across the academia, business, industry, policy and health sectors. Check out Croakey’s report from the launch.
What does a world of hearing equality look like and how can we work together to bring it closer?
Our Hear Me report provides an overview of ten priority areas of focus to achieve hearing equality.
There’s an urgent need for a broad public health strategy to reduce the impacts of age-related hearing loss in Australia – including limiting exposure to hazardous noise – this paper argues.
Aboriginal leaders discuss the challenges and solutions for improving hearing health in this important Q&A.
Deaf Australians often experience the healthcare system as a “series of barriers”, including a lack of access to Auslan interpreters, this paper reports.
In December 2021, the Public Health Research & Practice journal published a themed edition that was guest edited by @soundfairaus and @MQ_PublicHealth.
The COVID pandemic has not only caused communication challenges for deaf people but highlighted many barriers in our health system. This @phrpjournal perspective by Deaf authors explains more.
Barriers to older Australians accessing important hearing care services include trust in the system, cost, and stigma, this study finds.
Diversity of lived experience
Premiering for World Hearing Day at @Classiccinemas in Melbourne and travelling around Australia, @soundfairaus ‘Unheard Stories’ film festival will spotlight Deaf and Hard of Hearing storytellers to explore and celebrate the diversity of lived experience.
Why don’t older people seek help for hearing problems? Cost and a lack of trust in the system are among the barriers, this study finds.
More than one in 10 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Australia are at risk of hearing loss, this study finds.
Targeted hearing screening programs could identify hearing loss during children’s critical learning years, this study suggests.
Tools like a clinical decision aid and a local referral guide could help GPs give more support to people with age-related hearing loss, this study finds.
What could help GPs to support patients with age-related hearing loss? This new research looks at the best approaches.
The hearing health system in Australia is set to undergo big changes with over-the-counter hearing devices on the way – are we ready?
Over-the-counter hearing aids are coming – so what do policy makers need to consider in regulating the devices to ensure consumers benefit?
Most audiologists will encounter clients with mental health concerns and many will engage in conversations about psychological symptoms. But how and when do these conversations take place?
Nick Boulter was a consultant on Soundfair’s HearMe Report and believes good acoustic design of buildings and public spaces can lessen the frustrations for people with hearing conditions navigating a noisy world.
The report highlighted the untapped potential of Auslan. In this article, Kate Disher Quill talks about her experience as an Auslan learner.
Training audiologists to recognise and address verbal and non-verbal cues regarding mental health may help to promote person-centred care and potentially improve hearing care outcomes, says this article.
See Croakey’s archive of articles by guest tweeters for @WePublicHealth this year.
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