LISTEN UP: Don't miss the chance to get a hearing test in Mt Perry.
LISTEN UP: Don't miss the chance to get a hearing test in Mt Perry. Barabasa

Essential health check available in Mt Perry

RESIDENTS in Mount Perry are hearing good news this week, with free hearing checks coming to town on March 13.

The Australian Hearing bus is stopping by the Mount Perry Health Centre from 9.30am to offer free hearing checks and to raise hearing health awareness to locals in the community.

Now with a 12-strong fleet of blue and white buses, the mobile hearing service has provided more than 94,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus was launched in 2009.

Australian Hearing Bundaberg manager Lisa Christiansen said some residents may not even notice their hearing was getting worse.

"It's because age-related hearing loss develops gradually over time, it is common for people to be unaware their hearing is diminishing,” Mrs Christiansen said.

Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community, with about 60 per cent of Australians over 60 experiencing some form of hearing loss.

Mrs Christiansen urged residents to take up the free hearing checks.

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

"Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing.”

As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can 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.

"Sometimes it's just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that's the problem,” she said.

Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any adults over 18 who visit the bus on the day.

Australian Hearing provides subsidised hearing care for eligible people, including pensioners and most veterans.

For more information on hearing checks visit http://bit.ly/1CAqjCJ.


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