After being surrounded by noisy factory machines for the last 40 years, local resident Sujit Kumar Banerjee was one of the first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Taylors Lakes when it launched audiology services recently.

“I’ve been suffering from hearing loss for 8 years now, which I believe is a result of working in factories for most of life. I love my work and at 78 I’m proud to still be working, however my hearing loss has had a big impact on my work life as I struggle to hear my colleagues and keep up with conversations.”

“My relationships with my family and friends are also being affected. When I’m having a conversation I often ask, ‘what did you say?’, so they are always repeating themselves. I find myself avoiding group social situations because I tune out of the conversation as I know I won’t be able to pick up on what’s being said,” explains Sujit.

Being a local Taylors Hill resident, Sujit became aware that Specsavers Taylors Lakes is the first Specsavers stores in the west of Melbourne 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 Taylors Lakes to have my hearing tested and to be fitted with hearing aids. I want to be able to continue working for as long as I can and stop mishearing people all the time,” he says. 

Specsavers Taylors Lakes and Keilor Downs Audiologist, Manan Jassal, 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,” she 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 Taylors Lakes and Keilor Downs 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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