Hearing loss is a big focus of NAIDOC Week
BREAKING the silence among our indigenous community is the mission for Australian Hearing at NAIDOC Week celebrations in Coffs Harbour.
Australian Hearing will join other health providers at the NAIDOC Week "Who Ya Gunna Call" event this Wednesday at the Coffs Harbour Showground with free entertainment for families.
Everyone is encouraged to come along and Australian Hearing will be offering free hearing checks and information on how to look after our ear health.
Alarmingly, 10 times more Aboriginal people suffer from ear diseases and hearing loss, with ear disease the most significant chronic disease affecting the indigenous community.
Even more worrying is up to 90% of Aboriginal children suffer some form of middle ear problem such as otitis media.
Unfortunately, children with ear disease can go quietly deaf without parents and teachers realising what's happening.
"We don't want to see Aboriginal children or young adults miss out on learning or employment opportunities because of an ear infection or hearing loss," Australian Hearing manager Karina Morrison said.
"Nor should our older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community feel isolated or miss out on sharing their precious stories because of hearing difficulties that can be helped. Feeling connected to people around us is very important for our wellbeing."
"We want to deliver the message that we should all include a hearing test in our regular health check as well as having our children's ears checked for any infection which could lead to permanent hearing loss." She said at home, parents should get their children to regularly blow their nose, getting air to the middle ear space to help prevent infection and also wash hands and faces properly to ensure germs aren't spread.
Australian Hearing regularly visits Aboriginal health care facilities including Galambila, to provide free hearing tests, aids and services for children and adults.
Who Ya Gunna Call Forum
Wednesday from 10am
Exhibition Pavilion, Coffs Harbour Showground.