DON’T WAIT: Aussies are encouraged to get their hearing checked during Hearing Awareness Week. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
DON’T WAIT: Aussies are encouraged to get their hearing checked during Hearing Awareness Week. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Free hearing checks for Clarence Valley residents

WITH Hearing Awareness Week next week, Australian Hearing is rallying the local community to come together on one special day and prioritise their hearing, as part of the first-ever, nationwide Big Aussie Hearing Check.

Throughout the week, the Grafton Australian Hearing team will offer free hearing checks and provide expert advice to local communities.

Karina Morrison, Centre Manager of Australian Hearing, said that the Big Aussie Hearing Check aimed to give the local community an easy way to care for their hearing.

"While Australians are well-known for loving a good challenge, research shows that getting our hearing checked is one challenge we are not willing to take on, because we're either too embarrassed or in denial about our hearing loss," she said.

Australian Hearing is tackling this issue head-on with the Big Aussie Hearing Check, a national awareness day to urge Australians to get their hearing checked.

"Hearing loss touches almost every Australian in some way or another," Ms Morrison said.

"We know that typically people wait for seven to 10 years to seek help, which often not only affects the person with hearing loss, but also their family and friends.

"The Big Aussie Hearing Check is about showing local communities how easy it is to make hearing checks part of a regular health routine. A hearing check takes less than 15 minutes, so there's no excuse to put it off any longer."

Research also reveals that only 15% of adults diagnosed with hearing loss choose to wear hearing aids.

The main barriers which prevent Australians from taking action are the way hearing aids look and the fact that hearing loss is recognised as a sign of aging.

"Today's hearing aids are sleek gadgets which can be hidden and have been clinically proven to give provide better than normal hearing in some cases. Our highly qualified audiologists are here to advise anyone wanting to know more about the latest hearing technology," Ms Morrison said.

From next Monday to Friday, Australian Hearing will offer free hearing checks and the chance to discuss your concerns at their Hearing Centre, downstairs at Grafton Shoppingworld between 9am and 4pm.

On Tuesday, you can also visit the Australian Hearing pop-up shop upstairs in Grafton Shoppingworld, next to Donut King, for free hearing checks and information. The shop is open from 10am to 3pm, just look for ambassador Troy Cassar-Daley's life-size cut-out.

Next Friday Grafton District Services Club will be the place to find out more about your hearing health with free hearing checks and advice from Australian Hearing.

Phone 6641 0000 to reserve your space between 10am and 3pm.



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