It is said that one in six Australians are deaf, hearing impaired, deaf/blind or has a chronic ear disorder.
Hearing Awareness Week takes place annually to educate the community on hearing impairment and inform on ways to protect our hearing.
It also provides a platform for the 22 per cent of Australians aged over 15 who have a hearing impairment, to share their knowledge and experiences to help "create a greater understanding of their needs, aspirations and the contributions" they can make to the country.
If you or a family member have a hearing impairment, then it may be worth getting health insurance cover.
You can compare private health insurance plans to ensure you get the policy that fits your needs best, so you can get the appropriate treatment and care required for your condition.
What are the signs of hearing loss?
Deafness Forum of Australia states that hearing loss is often a "gradual process". Early warning signs include hearing something but not understanding what is said, finding it hard to hear in noisy situations or in groups of people, you think that people are mumbling words, turning up the TV louder than others and often not hearing the phone or doorbell.
If you would like more information on hearing impairment then visit the Deafness Forum of Australia website.