After 34 years of part-time service in the Army Reserve being exposed to the loud noises of military weapons with minimal ear protection, Ivan Close was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Nambour when it launched audiology services this morning. 

“I've been suffering from hearing loss for many years now and I believe my Army Service contributed to that. My wife will tell you how annoying my hearing loss is but I also notice it also affects my relationships with my five grandkids as I often struggle to hear what they say.”

The keen bowler and President of the Woombye Bowls Club says his hearing loss is affecting his life outside the home as well, “I struggle to hear someone at the other end of the green and I also find it difficult in group situations. As President I am involved in lots of discussions and hearing what’s said is very important.”

Being a local Palmwoods resident, Ivan became aware that Specsavers Nambour is among the first Specsavers stores on the Sunshine Coast 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 Nambour to have my hearing tested and to be fitted with hearing aids. I’ve been putting it off for a while now but I’ve come to a point where I need to do something about it. I don’t want to stare blankly at people when I can’t catch what they say,” he says. 

Specsavers Nambour Audiologist, Agata Romero, 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,” 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 Nambour 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 the store 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 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.