Noelene and Edward Paintin sat the Hearing Australia screening tests.
Noelene and Edward Paintin sat the Hearing Australia screening tests.

Telephone hearing tests the answer

NOLENE Paintin screamed at her husband for years before he decided to do something about his hearing.

A life-time of working on new building sites as a glazier had rendered Edward Paintin with hearing damage that he just didn’t get around to fixing.

“He couldn’t hear anything I was saying in his left ear when we were driving and he would misinterpret what people were saying,” Noelene said.

It’s estimated that 75 per cent of men aged over 65 have some degree of hearing damage and they take on average around seven years to do something about it, with rural males being the worst affected demographic.

The area manager for Australian Hearing in Grafton, Patrick Williamson, said the development of an at home telephone hearing test, Telscreen, is enabling people to make that first move towards improving hearing without having to make an appointment with their doctor.

“The longer you leave hearing problems, the harder they are to fix,” Mr Williamson said.

“Even if a reluctant man takes the home test today and sits on the result for several months, he will eventually be prompted to do something about a negative result,” he said.

The telephone hearing test takes about five minutes and the caller is given a result straight away that may recommend they contact Australia Hearing or their GP for further tests.

Both Nolene and Edward were diagnosed with hearing loss. Both were eligible under the Federal Government’s hearing scheme for subsidised hearing devises.

“The whole process was very easy and it’s improved our lives without a doubt,” Nolene said.

 Call Telscreen on 1800 826 500 to have your hearing tested over the phone, or contact Australian Hearing on 131 797.



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