Hear­ing loss in spot­light

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

A FREE hear­ing check ser­vice will be of­fered across Perth as part an ini­tia­tive by not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Aus­tralian Hear­ing.

The hear­ing bus will travel through the CBD, Vic­to­ria Park and Bel­mont on the week of Fe­bru­ary 16, pro­vid­ing free checks to any­one over 21 years of age.

Health pro­mo­tion and cus­tomer ser­vice of­fi­cer Sacha Mid­dle­ton said hear­ing loss af­fected one in six Aus­tralians.

“So it’s im­por­tant to keep an eye out for any friends or fam­ily who might be strug­gling to join in the con­ver­sa­tion as they may just have hear­ing loss,” she said.

“Our Aus­tralian Hear­ing buses travel all over the coun­try, and give lo­cal res­i­dents an easy and sim­ple way to check their hear­ing and find out more about hear­ing loss.

“We’ve found that peo­ple like the con­ve­nience of the bus be­ing on their doorstep and the idea of just drop­ping in with­out an ap­point­ment.”

Ms Mid­dle­ton par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged se­niors to take ad­van­tage of the ser­vice.

“We know that around 60 per cent of Aus­tralians over 60 suf­fer some form of hear­ing loss, so we do find that many se­niors who visit our hear­ing bus need help with their hear­ing,” she said.

“Our ex­pert team are on hand to pro­vide help­ful in­for­ma­tion on the lat­est hear­ing de­vices, from dis­creet hear­ing aids or ad­vanced gad­gets to hear the TV at nor­mal vol­umes.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.hear­ing.com.au.

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