After over 40 years of working in construction without hearing protection, Tuggeranong local Frank Vrins was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Tuggeranong when it launched Specsavers Audiology this morning.

“I was a ceramic wall and floor tiler from the age of 15 to when I was 58. There was a lot of noise and no one wore ear muffs or plugs back then to protect their hearing so I believe I lost 30-40% of hearing as a result,” says Frank.

“Since then, I can hear enough to get by, but my wife and I have been turning the TV up louder, I’ve found that I ask people to repeat themselves and my wife has started having to speak up and even yell when talking to me – but maybe that part is just selective hearing,” he jokes.

As a Specsavers Tuggeranong customer, Frank heard that Specsavers Tuggeranong and Specsavers Woden are making history this week as the first Specsavers stores in ACT to launch audiology to customers. The news will revolutionise the Australian audiology industry, offering hearing aids and care at clear, low prices.

“I’m here today to have my hearing tested. As a member of the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed, I know many men who are dealing with hearing loss but are either in denial or see hearing aids as being out of reach. I am here not only for myself, but also for them so that my experience can show them that having a hearing test is a completely normal part of life,” he says.

Specsavers Audiology Tuggeranong and Specsavers Audiology Woden’s new owner and audiologist, Luke Fratturo is encouraging all locals who might have concerns about their hearing, to book a quick and free 15 minute 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 the individual becomes embarrassed at having difficulty joining in on conversations, so they back away from social engagement and start to become isolated,” 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’ General Manager of its newly created audiology business, Darrel Magna says the new audiology offering is giving Australians exceptional value in hearing aids and care as well as the expert service that the Specsavers brand has become well-known for.

“By offering audiology, we’re providing truly accessible health care for our customers’ ears as well as their eyes. The earlier we detect and treat hearing loss, the less of an impact the problem will have on a person’s hearing long term.

“All customers at Specsavers Tuggeranong and Specsavers Woden 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 Audiology Tuggeranong and Specsavers Audiology Woden 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, the stores have a range of hearing aids designed and built by leading manufacturers, which feature cutting-edge innovations in hearing assistance. A pair of hearing aids starts at $1495.

Specsavers Audiology Tuggeranong and Specsavers Audiology Woden are accredited as qualified hearing service providers 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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