Hearing, social connectedness, and well-being of ageing adults in Australia (2022–2025)
Hearing ability declines with age and hearing loss has a fundamental impact on an adult¿s ability to communicate
and, in turn, socially connect with others. This benchmark study aims to apply innovative, quantitative and
qualitative methods to examine the real-world social connections of adults with hearing loss who use or do not use
hearing aids. This project expects to increase understanding of the social impacts of age-related hearing loss and
the relationship to hearing rehabilitation. The expected outcomes have the potential to guide research, policy, and
practice for ageing Australians. This should provide significant benefits, such as reducing social isolation and
enhancing the well-being of millions of Australians.