The Hearing Health Sector Alliance membership is a group of national representatives of the hearing health sector, including consumer groups, health professionals, industry associations, as well as research organisations.

Our aim is simple: to ensure all Australians who are deaf or hard of hearing can live well in the community and access vital education, services and technology.

One in six Australians currently has a hearing loss at an economic and social cost to the community of $33 billion a year.

Prevalence is expected to more than double to 7.8 million people – or nearly one in every five people – affected by hearing loss by 2060.

Almost half (49%) of childhood hearing loss is preventable, and so is over a third of adult hearing loss.

Aboriginal children are 4 times more likely to receive ear surgery and are 3 times more likely to suffer permanent hearing loss compared to non-Indigenous children.

Emerging research is showing hearing loss is also associated with other health conditions such as dementia.