Hearing Expo success loud and clear
DON'T let poor hearing put a handbrake on your life.
This was the message from the Lower Clarence Quota's hearing expo last week, where the latest in modern hearing technology was on display.
The message was heard loud and clear on what is available to help relieve hearing problems, with the event packed full of information.
Celtic Coastal Hearing Services owner and operator Caitriona Slade said there was a lot of enthusiasm about the range of options for hearing.
Ms Slade said she was thrilled with the numbers at the hearing expo, and the feedback was really positive, with many enjoying the ability to take in demonstrations of the new advances in hearing aid technology.
"Most people are looking for specific hearing care options, and a more individual, one-on-one service," Ms Slade said.
"People are very supportive of the locally owned and operated services, because people want someone to get to know them and look after them.
"A lot of people came to meet us and discuss their options, and really wanted to know how things were done and how it worked.
"It was very friendly and informal, but I think it really helped a lot of people."
Ms Slade said that poor hearing can have a detrimental effect on the quality of people's lives, especially at a time when most are looking forward to their retirement.
"Suddenly you find yourself in a situation where you can't do what you want to, because you can't hear," she said.
"When people retire, it's their time when they want to be speeding up socially, going away and making the most of their lives, and hearing loss is a real handbrake and a disadvantage when it doesn't have to be.
"Sometimes we can worry about things and get in our own little rut of worry, and trying something new can be very intimidating, but when we actually step out and just try it can be a real benefit.
"That's what we tried to do at the expo, give people options and share some positive stories and create realistic expectations around what hearing aids can do, and how they can help."
Lower Clarence Quota's organiser for the expo Jill Brown said the day was a chance for people to experience what is available in hearing technology.
"Technology has come so far now, and hearing aids are nothing compared to what they used to be," she said.
"It was a chance to let people know and get some information, so it was a really wonderful day."