What is hearing loss?
The inner ear (or 'cochlea') contains around 15,000 microscopic sensory hair cells which vibrate at different frequencies. These sensory cells activate nerve fibres which carry sound signals to our brain. Degeneration of the sensory hair cells happens with ageing, disease, injury, or exposure to loud noise. Since these cells can't be regenerated, hearing loss is permanent and irreversible.Read more about hearing loss
Approximately 360 million people worldwide currently have disabling hearing loss.
1 in 7
1 in 7 Australians have hearing loss
Prevalence rates increase with age
Noise exposure means an additional 1.1 billion people aged 12-30 are at risk of hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss raises the risk of developing early onset dementia five-fold.
Total burden of hearing loss is $33.3 billion
Hearing loss research at Garvan
Garvan has been a leader in Australian auditory research since 2010. Our research is diverse, focusing on the anatomy and physiology of normal hearing, and brain pathology caused by hearing loss (including tinnitus). We also study the restorative effects of assistive devices.Our hearing loss research