'Prevalent issue': Hearing bus is coming to town

"A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can't hear."
"A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can't hear."

Australian Hearing Liverpool manager Matt Krywulycz said one in six Australians are affected by hearing loss.

"And with an ageing population this is expected to increase to one in four by 2050," he said. "Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community."

Mr Krywulycz is speaking to promote the Australian Hearing bus coming to Bonnyrigg Plaza (outside the Community Centre) on Tuesday, June 11 from 10am-2pm to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness in the community.

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 like headsets for watching television and alert systems for doorbells.

The Australian Hearing bus is coming to Bonnyrigg Plaza on June 11.

The Australian Hearing bus is coming to Bonnyrigg Plaza on June 11.

Mr Krywulycz 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.

"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," he said.

"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."

Australian Hearing buses have provided more than 175,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus was launched in 2009.

No appointment is necessary. Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus on the day.