Grafton District Services Club president Paul Cubbin, Coffs Harbour lip reading teacher Ray Osborn, Margaret Osborn of Woolgoolga and David Ferguson, of the Aboriginal Medical Service, at the opening of the hearing loss centre.
Grafton District Services Club president Paul Cubbin, Coffs Harbour lip reading teacher Ray Osborn, Margaret Osborn of Woolgoolga and David Ferguson, of the Aboriginal Medical Service, at the opening of the hearing loss centre.

Music to Grafton's ears

A NEW hearing loss centre has opened in Grafton Shoppingworld, offering free or subsidised screenings for pensioners and veterans.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson officially opened the new business on Friday.

He said the new hearing loss centre, run by Australian Hearing, was a vital service for the area because of our ageing population.

“More than 60 per cent of people aged over 60 have some sort of hearing loss,” Cr Williamson said.

Australian Hearing acting general manager Laurena Graham said hearing loss was usually a gradual process and people often learned to live with it instead of seeking help.

She hoped the new, modern facilities would encourage more people to get regular hearing checks.

“Hearing services are free or subsidised for many Australian pensioners and veterans,” she said.

“We recommend that once you reach your 60s, you get a hearing check every two years and discuss the options available for managing a hearing loss.”

She said there were now excellent solutions for hearing loss, including subsidised hearing devices using the latest technology, such as Bluetooth, to connect the hearing device to mobile phones, telephones, MP3 players, a television or stereo.

Australian Hearing Grafton is located in The Link at Shoppingworld. To book a free screening, call 131 797.



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