Hear this: there’s a bus coming to town
THE Australian Hearing Bus will be stopping at Heathcote Library on December 6 and 7 to offer free hearing checks.
Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community, with around 60 per cent of Australians aged 60 or above suffering from some form of hearing loss.
Getting your hearing checked is the first step in making help available and this mobile service is an excellent way of providing this service to seniors.
The local community is encouraged to make the most of the services on offer by coming to visit the bus during these two days.
Natalie Betts, manager at Australian Hearing Bendigo, said that because age-related hearing loss develops gradually over time, it is common for people to overlook warning signs that their hearing is diminishing.
“Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community. One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss. And with an ageing population this is expected to increase to one in four by 2050,” explains Natalie.
“A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear. Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regard to your hearing.”
As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can also find information on a range of common hearing issues and view a display of easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home.
This includes headsets for watching the TV and alert systems for doorbells.
“Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid. Sometimes they might just need support listening to the TV at normal volumes, hearing at noisy social events, or hearing friends and family on the phone,” Natalie said.
No appointment is necessary. Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus on the day.
The bus will be at the library from 9.30am to 3pm both days.
For more information, visit hearing.com.au
‘ A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can't hear. ’ —Natalie Betts
Free hearing tests will be available on December 6 and 7.