New research shows that a large number of Australians are ignoring a common health condition that is known to cause or exacerbate mental health issues.
Hearing loss is a common condition suffered by one in six Australians and, when untreated, has been proven to cause social isolation for sufferers and markedly raise the risk of depression in men.
The research, conducted by hearing service provider National Hearing Care, shows that while close to 9 in 10 Australians understand that hearing impairment can seriously impact someone’s mental health, the treatment of hearing conditions is still a low priority for many adults.
Free hearing tests are available at the Circular Head Aboriginal Centre, at 10 King Street, Smithton.
Appointments can be made online at www.nhc.com.au or by calling 1800 703 451.