When 65 year old David Boyd first put on his hearing aids, the small things he could suddenly hear again brought him to tears.
“For me, hearing loss happened so gradually I didn’t notice that I missed all of those sounds that happen in the background. The obvious signs were always asking people to repeat themselves and turning up the TV, but I didn’t even notice that I had stopped hearing small things. I got into my car and heard the indicators for the first time in years and I was overwhelmed with emotion,” says David.
David first received hearing aids four years ago after a good friend told him to have a hearing test. The friend was Audiologist Rochelle Fraser’s father.
Rochelle is now the owner of Specsavers Audiology Tweed City and is making history this week for being the second Specsavers store in Australia to launch audiology to its customers. The news will revolutionise the audiology industry for Australian customers, offering hearing aids and care at prices never seen before.
David says, “I was first told that I needed hearing aids a couple of years before I actually got them but the problem was that they were going to cost $9,000. That was too much for my wife and I so we put it off for a long time.
“With Specsavers selling them at better prices and offering audiologists like Rochelle that I trust and have stuck with over the years, I think a lot of people will stop putting off getting their hearing problems fixed,” says David.
On receiving the news that Specsavers Tweed City was launching audiology with Rochelle at the helm, David was first in line to upgrade his hearing aids.
“I am so grateful for my hearing aids – they have literally changed my life and given me freedom again. I would wish that on anyone. Four years ago, I got quite basic hearing aids but now I know how brilliant they are, I am keen to try out better technology,” says David.
Along with David, Rochelle is encouraging all Tweed 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. 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’ General Manager 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 Tweed City 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 Tweed City 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 Audiology Tweed City 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 Audiology Tweed City starts at $1495.
Specsavers Audiology Tweed City 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.