Ear health and hearing

Ear and hearing health is important to health and wellbeing. Untreated hearing loss and ear disease can have a big impact on the lives of children and adults alike. Find out what we’re doing to raise awareness of ear health and help prevent hearing loss in Australia.

About ear health

Why ear health is important and what causes hearing loss and ear disease.

What we’re doing

What we’re doing to raise awareness about ear health and help prevent hearing loss.

Hearing Services Program

Aims to reduce the impact of hearing loss through access to hearing services and devices for eligible people.

Indigenous ear health

Information about programs to help prevent, treat and monitor ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Relay Service

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can use the National Relay Service to access any of the department's contact phone numbers. The service is available 24 hours a day from anywhere in Australia.

Did you know?

1 in 6

Australians experience some form of hearing loss

For 1 in 3

Australians with hearing loss, it could have been prevented

Only 1 in 5

Australians who would benefit from a hearing aid use one

Source: Access economics

Latest resources

Latest resources

Health Ministers Meeting (HMM) – Communique 20 September 2023

Health Ministers are pleased to announce new appointments and reappointments of Chairs, practitioner members and community members to fill vacancies arising across nine National Boards regulating health professions under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).

Hearing Services Program - Compliance Update August 2023

This Compliance Update includes information on the support available, lessons learned from during 2022-23. The focus for compliance in 2023-24 is listed below. Providers should review their processes to ensure they remain compliant.

Justin Langer’s hearing health story – full version

Former Australian cricketer, Justin Langer shares his experience with hearing health and the importance of booking a hearing check. Book a hearing check, talk to a health professional, or visit health.gov.au/hearing for more information.