Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Hearing Awareness Week launched today

    21/08/2006 10:19 AM
     
    21/08/06

    With health being a major focus in our lives today, Australia’s peak body for the hearing impaired, the Deafness Forum, today launched the annual Hearing Awareness Week with this year’s theme being, ‘Don’t expose yourself to excessive noise’.

    Speaking at the launch, Disability Services Minister Tony McRae praised the work the Deafness Forum performed for deaf people.

    “For more than a decade now, the Deafness Forum has striven to improve the quality of life for Australians who have a hearing impairment or a chronic disorder of the ear,” Mr McRae said.

    “It is continually advocating changes to Government policy, generating public awareness, providing a forum for information-sharing and creating better understanding between all areas of deafness.

    “Nearly one quarter of Australians over the age of 15 have a hearing impairment and Hearing Awareness week gives them the chance to create a greater understanding of their needs and aspirations.

    “Most people are aware of the dangers of too much sun, or too much unhealthy food or too much sugar, but many people continue to take risks with their hearing.

    “All of us need to stop exposing ourselves to excessive noise now and make all necessary changes to protect our hearing.”

    Hearing Awareness Week started Sunday, August 20 and runs until Saturday, August 26.

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