Hearing Australia offering free hearing checks

By Jared Prestwidge

THE Hearing Australia bus is set to make a stop in Rushworth tomorrow to provide free hearing checks for the community.

Held outside Mediconsul Pharmacy from 9.30am to 3pm, the visit is part of the organisation’s tour across Australia and designed to encourage those reluctant to get their hearing tested to take that first step.

According to research commissioned by Hearing Australia, an estimated 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss, with that number projected to more than double to 7.8 million by 2060.

Some 59 per cent of respondents say their partner or parent does notbelieve they have a hearing problem, or they think they are coping fine — despite knowing their hearing is not what it used to be.

Hearing Australia principal audiologist Emma Scanlon said the research highlighted why it was so important for families to encourage and support their loved ones to take that first step.

“An easy and effective hearing check can help you learn how well you hear and how to get support if you need it,” she said.

“With Australian seniors playing a more active role in their family’s lives than ever before, taking control of your hearing could also help to improve your communication and enhance relationships.

“While putting off caring for your hearing health may feel easier in the short term, there’s no need to wait … the right combination of hearing services, expertise, support and technology, can help you stay connected to the people you love and keep enjoying the things you love to do.”

Hearing Australia’s free hearing checks will run from 9.30am to 3pm today, Wednesday, March 18, at 11 High St, Rushworth.