Whanganui Midweek

Specsavers welcomes new audiology partner to Whanganui store


Hearing loss affects approximat­ely 45,000 people in the Manawatu Whanganui Region and, according to research, it takes New Zealanders on average 7-10 years to acknowledg­e they have hearing loss before taking action. At Specsavers, we don’t want the community of the Manawatu-Whanganui to wait that long, and that’s why we are delighted to announce the introducti­on of an additional audiologis­t to the Whanganui store, Le Roy La Madrid. Le Roy joins qualified audiologis­t Kit Enriquez onsite to test and care for locals’ hearing health.

“Once you reach 40 years old, hearing checks should be as regular as eye checks. When you visit Specsavers Whanganui, you will be provided with quality care and a solution based on your lifestyle and budget. We will never recommend hearing aids if you don’t need them or suggest spending more money than you have to. Prices for our full range of latest technology hearing devices are available online or instore so you know exactly how much you will pay. Our comprehens­ive hearing assessment­s are the start of your hearing journey that we can support along the way for years to come,” Le Roy says.


“Hearing loss can be incredibly isolating, and our ability to form and maintain good social relationsh­ips is important to life satisfacti­on and good mental health. We are innately social creatures after all,” Le Roy says.

Our research found that two in three New Zealanders aged 40 years and older know someone who they think suffers from hearing loss. It also found that 83% say they have felt concerned about their own hearing at some point in time and of these, the equivalent to 300,000 New Zealanders have felt concerned about their hearing frequently. That’s a lot of conversati­ons missed!

Le Roy and Kit advise if you if you or anyone you know experience­s any of the below tell-tale signs, you may benefit from some expert qualified advice that begins with a free 15-minute* hearing check at Specsavers Whanganui.

• Do you have the TV or radio turned up louder?

• Do you find telephone conversati­ons hard work or find yourself always using the speaker option?

• Do you ask people to repeat things?

• Do you have difficulty following conversati­ons in groups of people or find yourself lip reading?

• Has someone suggested you might not be hearing as well as you used to?


Le Roy recommends a few simple things to help prolong your hearing.

“Test the noise around you with the ‘one metre rule.’ If you need to raise your voice to talk to someone one metre away, the sound level is likely to be hazardous to hearing. Insist on wearing personal hearing protection such as earplugs, earmuffs or both rememberin­g that everyday equipment, such as lawn mowers and power tools may be loud enough to negatively impact your hearing. And of course, create a routine of getting regular hearing checks.” For more informatio­n or to book a hearing check, visit www.specsavers. co.nz/hearing Alternativ­ely contact Specsavers Whanganui on 345 9542.

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