After being surrounded by heavy machinery for the last 40 years, local shopper Doug Sharples was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Chermside when it launched audiology services this morning.

“I’ve been suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus for a few years now, which I believe is a result of working as a diesel engine mechanic for most of my life. My hearing loss has really impacted me at work as I find it difficult to hear the engines properly when repairing them, especially if they are making any high-pitched sounds.”

“My relationships with my family and friends are also being affected. When I’m having a conversation I often have to ask, ‘what did you say?’, so they are always having to repeat themselves. My kids find it especially frustrating and have been pushing me to get my hearing tested for a while now,” explains Doug.

Being a local Joyner resident and frequent Chermside shopper, Doug became aware that Specsavers Chermside is among the first Specsavers stores in Victoria 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 Chermside to have my hearing tested and to be fitted with hearing aids. I want to continue working for as long as I can and be able to keep up with conversations with my friends and family. My father had hearing aids when he was older and had a great experience, so I’m hoping they will have a similar impact for me,” he says. 

Specsavers Chermside and Toombul Audiologist, Leo Chang, 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 Chermside and Toombul 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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