This Hearing Awareness Week (25 February – 3 March), Australian Hearing is encouraging local residents around Melbourne to embrace their hearing health as an extension of their fitness regime.
Research shows today’s older Australians are generally healthier and more active than their peers 25 years ago*. However, maintaining hearing fitness isn’t a priority, with people waiting an average of seven years to take a hearing check**.
Zoe Williams of Australian Hearing Melbourne explained, “To stay in top shape, people should consider a hearing test as part of their regular health check-up, just like they would get their eyes checked or test their blood pressure.”
“A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear. Our team are also here to guide you through what steps you may need to take in regards to improving your hearing,” Ms Williams said.
Australian Hearing will provide free hearing checks to any interested adults who visit the centre between February 25 and March 3.
Key signs of hearing loss:
- A ringing sensation in your ears (tinnitus), including whistling, buzzing and hissing in your ears
- Your family complains you have the TV too loud
- You have difficulty hearing people on the phone
- You keep saying “what?” and ask people to repeat themselves
- You have stopped participating in activities you used to enjoy
- You feel isolated and confused in noisy situations
If people have any concerns about their hearing or a loved one’s hearing, they can come and talk to their local Australian hearing specialist.