Hearing impairment or deafness, is when your hearing is affected by a condition or injury. Some people are born with hearing loss, while others may develop it as they get older.
Statistically we all begin to lose our hearing when we are in our 30s and 40s. One adult in five and more than half of all people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss.
Hearing Awareness Week reports that some of the early warning signs of hearing loss are: you can hear but not understand, you find it hard to hear in noisy situations or groups of people, you think people mumble, you need turn the TV up louder than others or, you don't always hear the doorbell or the phone.
To locate a free hearing test offered by Australian Hearing you can select ‘Find your nearest event’ on their web page and then add your postcode to receive contact details of your nearest Hearing Centre.