Hear this: there’s a bus com­ing to town

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By DAVID RAK

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.

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