Bus offers hearing tests

Checkup: Richard Hind, of Australian Hearing, is encouraging locals to get their hearing checked this week.Picture: Simon Bennett

Checkup: Richard Hind, of Australian Hearing, is encouraging locals to get their hearing checked this week.Picture: Simon Bennett

LOCALS will be able to check their hearing when a mobile service visits Fairfield tomorrow.

The Australian Hearing Bus will be at Bonnyrigg Plaza, 100 Bonnyrigg Avenue, Bonnyrigg, on June 19, from 9am to 3pm.

As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can get advice on a range of common hearing problems and view a display of easy-to-use hearing devices.

Australian Hearing Liverpool manager Richard Hind said age-related hearing loss develops gradually over time, it was common for people to not realise their hearing was diminishing.

"Hearing loss is more common than we think — as many as one in six Australians suffer from it," he said.

"This also increases with age. Half of people between 60 and 70 have some form of hearing loss and it increases to 70 per cent for people over 70.

"We recommend to take action earlier rather than later. The good news is we're here to help."

Mr Hind said a lot of the time it's family and friends who notice hearing loss first.

"The great thing about the bus is it's easily accessible. The hearing check only takes a few minutes and our staff will talk through the results with you.

"And there are lots of options for people which cater for people's individual needs."

Some common signs of hearing loss include having difficulty understanding people who are not facing you, others mentioning that the television is too loud, difficulty hearing the phone ring and finding it difficult to follow conversations being conducted in noisy places.

Details: hearing.com.au or 131 797.

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