After years working on a dairy farm surrounded by heavy machinery, local shopper Luis Meneghetti was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Chadstone when it launched audiology services this morning.

“I’ve been suffering from hearing loss for many years now, and am nearly completely deaf in my left ear. I believe this is a result of working on a dairy farm for many years when I was younger. I would work around noisy machinery for four hours or more a day, seven days a week, without any hearing protection. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, but it certainly caused a lot of damage which I am feeling now that I’m older.

“My hearing loss has really affected my day to day life and relationships with my family and friends. I regularly struggle to hear what my daughters and wife are saying when they speak to me. If people are more than a couple of metres away I can barely hear the conversation, and I can’t hear people at all if they’re on my left side so I have to ask people to sit on my right. It gets frustrating for everyone. I also need the TV turned up so loud that my wife and daughters can’t stand to be in the same room and have to go watch by themselves. It will be really great to watch TV with my family again, it will be a different world.”

Being a keen Chadstone shopper, Luis became aware that Specsavers Chadstone and Specsavers Malvern are the first Specsavers stores in the City of Stonnington to launch Audiology to customers. This news is revolutionising the audiology industry for local customers, offering hearing aids and care at prices never seen before.

“I’m here today at Specsavers Chadstone to have my hearing tested and to be fitted with hearing aids. It will be life changing to have some affordable hearing aids and it’s great that now I can get my glasses and hearing aids at the same place,” he says.

Specsavers Chadstone and Specsavers Malvern Audiologist, Tom Reid, is encouraging all locals who might have concerns about their hearing to book a free 15-minute hearing check.

“At the moment it takes most Australians 7-10 years to acknowledge they have hearing loss before they do anything to help it – if they do anything at all. During these years, I have personally seen so many cases where hearing loss affects a person’s confidence and independence. The individual becomes embarrassed at having difficulty joining in on conversations, so they back away from social engagement and start to become isolated. As we all know, social isolation and a lack of independence can lead to a whole range of both mental and physical conditions, especially if the individual is older,” he says.

One in six Australians experience hearing loss, yet only one in three does anything about it*. On top of this, new Specsavers research** has shown that over half of Australians (57%), 18 years and over, have experienced moments where they felt concerned about their hearing.

Specsavers’ Executive Director of Audiology, Darrel Magna says the new offering is giving Australians a more accessible solution to hearing loss by providing the clear, low prices and expert service that the Specsavers brand has become well-known for.

“By offering audiology to our customers, we’re hoping to normalise hearing tests and assist hearing loss earlier before it affects a person’s life. All customers at both Specsavers Chadstone and Specsavers Malvern will now have a free five-minute hearing screen included as part of their overall health check in store. We don’t want Australians to have to wait 7-10 years to do something about their hearing challenges, especially if it means they can’t live their lives to the full,” he said.

If you feel like your hearing isn’t as good as it should be both stores are taking bookings for free 15-minute hearing checks from today. If further testing is required, comprehensive hearing assessments are being offered for $49. If you require hearing assistance as a result, Specsavers has a range of hearing aids designed and built by leading manufacturers, which feature cutting-edge innovations in hearing assistance. A pair of hearing aids at Specsavers starts at $1,495.

Specsavers Audiology is accredited as a qualified hearing service provider by the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, which provides eligible people with access to hearing services such as hearing assessments, subsidised hearing aids and aftercare services. If you think you might be eligible, you can apply for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program online or via post.

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