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Getting help with your hearing is simple

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Australian Hearing is helping improve Australia’s hearing health with free hearing checks nationwide

We all know where to turn when we’re having issues with our eyes or our teeth, but what about when it comes to our hearing health?

Research by Australian Hearing has shown that people struggle to know where to go for help with their, or a loved one’s, hearing health. This confusion contributes to the average person waiting seven years to seek specialist help[1].

According to the Australian Network on Disability, one in six Australians are estimated to have a hearing loss and this rate doubles for those over the age of 60[2].

With a more active, ageing population, it is important that all Australians get the chance to fully enjoy life and address any signs of hearing loss early. With over 400 Australian Hearing centres offering free and easy hearing checks across the country, getting help with your, or a loved one’s hearing is easy.

To prove it, Australian Hearing has developed a series of videos that explain their hearing service and highlight just how simple it is to book a free hearing check:

It can be difficult to watch a family member suffer from hearing loss.  It can be even more difficult talking to a family member about their hearing loss. Remember that hearing loss can impact a person’s wellbeing and confidence. It can also take a toll on your relationship, as you grow increasingly frustrated and impatient.

However, while a family member’s hearing loss can be hard to come to terms with, for both you and for them, the best thing to do is start the conversation.

Australian Hearing has some tips on the best way to talk a loved one about their hearing:

  • Make sure you’re calm and able to discuss their potential hearing loss gently and with empathy. Keep in mind that your loved one might not have considered themselves hard of hearing before, or have been trying to deny it.
  • Let them know they’re not alone and that there is plenty of information readily available. Help them research and answer questions that you both may have.
  • It’s important to encourage your family member to seek help from a hearing professional and remind them that they have nothing to lose. You can even help them arrange a free hearing check with Australian Hearing.

If you’ve ever worried about symptoms of hearing loss, or had a family member raise any concerns, it might be time to book a hearing check. Despite what you or your family member may think, getting help with your hearing is actually very simple. In fact, it’s just a quick phone call or mouse click away.

Either call 131 797 or visit www.hearing.com.au/book-now and you’ll be connected with your nearest Australian Hearing centre.

A hearing check is free of charge, takes less than 15 minutes and is an easy (and painless) way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear. Most importantly, it can improve your wellbeing and help you reengage with the world around you.

So what happens if your check shows a hearing loss?  No problem.  Australian Hearing’s team and expert audiologists will walk you through your hearing journey, where you can discuss the next steps, which may include a further test and advice on hearing devices that suit your lifestyle.

Australian Hearing is the country’s largest provider of government-funded hearing services since 1947. For more information or to book a free consultation at your closest Australian Hearing centre, call 131 797 or book online at www.hearing.com.au/book-now.

[1] Research shows that typically people wait for seven to ten years to seek help with their hearing:  Acceptability, benefit and costs of early screening for hearing disability (2007): a study of potential screening tests and models.  Davis A1Smith PFerguson MStephens DGianopoulos I, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17927921

[2] Access Economics, Listen Hear! The economic impact and cost of hearing loss in Australia, (February 2006), p. 5. (https://www.audiology.asn.au/public/1/files/Publications/ListenHearFinal.pdf)

 

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