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  • Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children).
  • It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people or one in every ten people globally will have disabling hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss is more common than cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
  • In Australia, deafness and hearing loss affects 1 in 6 people and costs Australians a staggering $11.75 billion annually in lost productivity and other impacts.
  • One-third of people acquire their hearing loss through preventable means.
  • Employment rates for people with hearing loss are 20% lower for men and 16% lower for women.
  • Individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss are up to 5 times more likely to develop dementia.
  • Without hearing rehabilitation, hearing impaired Australians can be expected to experience an overall reduction in quality of life.

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