Listening is a vital skill that may save someone's life.
Listening is a vital skill that may save someone's life. Brianajackson

Check your hearing and get more out of life

TELEVISION on full volume? Difficulty having phone conversations? Sorry, can you repeat that?

While you may accuse your husband or wife of having "selective" deafness from time to time, there is a good chance they may actually have a genuine hearing problem if the aforementioned scenarios sound familiar.

Greg Butcher from Accent Hearing says these are just some of the things that indicate you may be missing out aurally - and it is common for the spouse or partner to be the driving force behind having your ears checked.

"A lot of people are shocked when they actually start hearing properly again. Over the years of hearing deterioration, the brain clamps down. They realise how much so when they start hearing their footsteps again."

And with modern technology also sweeping the hearing aid industry, gone are the days of those big beige, clunky pieces that used to whistle and ping.

The only independently and locally owned practice in Grafton, Accent Hearing has a range of models manufactured in Denmark (a country that is a world leader when it comes to design) that would give Apple a run for its money when it comes to beautifully formed pieces.

Greg says the more common age for hearing deterioration is around 60-plus but it can happen a lot earlier. "If you are exposed to a lot of noise you may start having trouble in your 50s."

Free Hearing Check

As part of Hearing Awareness Week (August 26-31), Accent Hearing is encouraging people to come in and take advantage of free hearing checks. No referral is necessary. To make an appointment call into the clinic at Shop 5, The Link, Grafton Shoppingworld or phone 6643 4044 for obligation free advice.

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