Osher Günsberg talks about his hearing loss

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As part of Hearing Awareness Week, Osher Günsberg described his ongoing struggles with hearing loss in an emotional interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. The Bachelor host, radio presenter and good guy shares his experiences as part of his new role as Ambassador for The Shepherd Center, a children’s charity that supports children and families affected by hearing loss.

Living life in the public eye has made managing the disease even more difficult for Günsberg, who has worn hearing aids in both ears for years.

“People may think you are ignoring them or being rude when you are not,” Günsberg told SHM. “I just can’t hear you. “

At 43, Osher has struggled with his hearing loss since his teens, sustaining damage during his time working in and around music concerts. In the emotional interview, he also describes his ongoing tinnitus battles (a constant ringing in the ears that never goes away).

The openness with which Günsberg discusses the matter is a welcome conversation ahead of Hearing Awareness Week. According to government statistics, one in six Australians suffers from some form of hearing loss, and that number is expected to rise to one in four by 2050.

If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including the early onset of dementia and negative effects on mental health.

Osher has been a strong advocate for promoting men’s health, recently revealing his ongoing battles with several mental health issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. With a thesis expected in late 2018, Osher seems determined to share his experiences and put his celebrity status behind great initiatives.

If you or someone you know has mental health issues, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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