After being surrounded by noisy manufacturing equipment for over 30 years, local resident Bob Green was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Waurn Ponds when it launched audiology services this morning.
“I’ve known about my hearing loss for many years now, and I suspect it’s mainly a result of working in manufacturing for most of life. Unfortunately, when I started in the workforce there wasn’t any concept of workplace safety when it came to your hearing. I’m now retired and relying on my wife to be my ears! I’m constantly having to ask my friends and family to repeat themselves, especially when there are multiple people speaking in social situations,” explains Bob.
“It’s definitely become more of a problem in the past year, as I often have to turn the subtitles on the TV just to keep up with what is being said. My wife and I also love visiting the theatre, but recently I haven’t been able to enjoy the performances as much due to my hearing difficulties.”
Being a local Ocean Grove resident, Bob became aware that Specsavers Waurn Ponds is the first Specsavers store in Geelong to launch Specsavers Audiology to customers. This news is revolutionising the audiology industry for locals, offering hearing aids and care at prices never seen before.
“I’m here today at Specsavers Waurn Ponds to have my hearing tested. I want to be able to have conversations with my family without having to ask them to repeat themselves. I’m also looking forward to being able to enjoy activities that I love again like visiting the theatre,” he says.
Specsavers Waurn Ponds Audiologist, Monica Jones, is encouraging all Geelong 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*. 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 our Specsavers Waurn Ponds store 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 Specsavers Waurn Ponds 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.