After years of working with power station and dairy machinery, local resident Ray Mitchell was first in line to have his hearing tested at Specsavers Traralgon when it launched audiology services this morning.

“I’ve had significant hearing loss for a long time and while it affects me every day, it is particularly frustrating for my wife and family and when you have ten grandkids and five great-grandkids that’s a lot of people!” explains Ray.

“I find it most difficult to hear in group situations, often having to ask people to repeat themselves which is embarrassing. I think my loss is a result of working with loud machinery for many years and back then, wearing hearing protection was not as common as it is now.  

“I actually had hearing aids several years ago but never really wore them consistently and eventually lost them. I know that wearing aids can actually slow the rate of loss so I am really looking forward to getting my hearing checked at Specsavers and sorting out my hearing once and for all,” says Ray.

Being a local resident, Ray became aware that Specsavers Traralgon is the first in Gippsland to launch Audiology. 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 Traralgon to have my hearing tested and to be fitted with hearing aids. I am most looking forward to being fitted with a pair of aids that I can wear with confidence and of course I can’t wait to have better hearing,” he says.

Specsavers Audiologist, Lalitha Mahendren, 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 Traralgon 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 Traralgon 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.