Determined to hear her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren more clearly, Dudley Park local Morewenna De Luis was first in line to have her hearing tested at Specsavers Halls Head when it launched Specsavers Audiology last week.
“I have been on the cusp of needing hearing aids for several years now. I can persevere when I speak directly to people and there isn’t background noise, but the minute I am on the phone and not able to lip read or if the person is mumbling, I really struggle.
“While I can persevere with my hearing loss, it still isn’t comfortable. It’s like trying to see when your vision is half blurred. It is just awkward and annoying. I’m looking forward to being able to pick up on conversations rather than hearing half of what is said. I especially really look forward to being able to speak more comfortably with my family,” says Morewenna.
Morewenna was joined by Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care at the official Specsavers Audiology launch.
Minister Wyatt congratulated Specsavers Mandurah Forum and Specsavers Halls Head on being the first Specsavers stores in WA to launch audiology to customers.
“From the moment we are born, hearing is fundamental to our quality of life,” Minister Wyatt said.
“One in six of us currently has hearing loss, equating to 3.6 million Australians, with the economic and social costs estimated in the billions.
“The number of people affected is forecast to more than double by 2060, so it is crucial we do what we can to detect and treat hearing problems now.
“Plans to extend audiology services to around 200 Specsavers locations Australia wide represent a significant step forward in hearing service accessibility.”
Specsavers Audiology Mandurah Forum and Specsavers Audiology Halls Head’s new owner and audiologist, Jieun Park 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,” she says.
The news will revolutionise the Australian audiology industry, offering hearing aids and care at clear, low prices.
Recent 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 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 Mandurah Forum and Specsavers Halls Head 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 Mandurah Forum and Specsavers Audiology Halls Head are now taking bookings for free 15 minute hearing checks. 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 Mandurah Forum and Specsavers Audiology Halls Head 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.