Looking forward to a more stress-free life both at work and at home, local Berwick shopper Vinod Nathoo was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Berwick when it launched Victoria’s first Specsavers Audiology business this morning.

“Several years ago I was told I needed heading aids but they just weren’t a priority. Over the years I have learnt ways of working around my hearing loss but now I am just so exhausted from it being a constant problem. All day every day I am asking people to repeat themselves and I still often misunderstand what they say,” says Vinod.

“I work as a software consultant and so I spend a lot of time in meetings, I always announce my hearing loss at the start of the meeting so that people know to speak up. This coupled with good speakers and headphones for telephone conversations have meant I can mostly work around my hearing loss at work.”

“It’s at home that my hearing loss impacts me the most. I am constantly asking my wife and daughter to repeat themselves and they tell me off for speaking too loudly. The television volume is turned up and I still need the subtitles on. My wife gets very frustrated at me and has even said that my being fitted with hearing aids will save our marriage!” 

Being a Specsavers customer, Vinod became aware that the Specsavers Berwick store will be the first Specsavers store in Victoria to launch Audiology to customers. This news will revolutionise the audiology industry for Victorian customers, offering hearing aids and care at prices never seen before.

“I’m here today to have my hearing tested. I want to be able to engage in a conversation without being in constant fear of misunderstanding what is being said. I am so exhausted from always double checking that what I hear is accurate. I am looking forward to being fitted with aids” he says.

Specsavers Berwick Audiologist, Lalitha Mahendren, is encouraging all Berwick 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 their connection with others. 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 Specsavers Berwick will now have a free five minute hearing screen included as part of their overall eye health test 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 Specsavers Berwick is 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 Berwick 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 $1495.

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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