For the past five years, Upper Mt Gravatt resident, 58-year-old Ken Vaheesan has struggled to hear well in social situations and during meetings at work, often asking people to repeat themselves in conversations. Frustrated with continuously mishearing people, Ken is first in line to have his hearing checked at Specsavers Upper Mt Gravatt today.
“I worked in construction for many years in London and Australia, and I was constantly surrounded by noise from the machinery. At one point, I was working in tunnels and the noise from the jack hammer was even louder in the confined space so protective earmuffs didn’t help. I also accidently damaged my eardrum a few years ago, and when it healed my hearing was even worse.”
“My hearing loss has been affecting all areas of my life, whether I’m struggling to hear the conversation in social situations or having to sit near the person talking in work meetings. Having the TV up loud at home also disturbs my children trying to sleep or study,” says Ken.
“Until recently, I haven’t wanted to get hearing aids as I didn’t want people to know I have hearing loss. I’m ready to get them now, it’s time to have clear hearing again and I feel like I’m the only one who is really missing out by not getting them. My mother and father both had hearing loss and my mother always wished she got hearing aids sooner, so that’s what I’m doing.”
Being a local Upper Mt Gravatt resident, Ken became aware that Specsavers Upper Mt Gravatt is launching 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 at Specsavers Upper Mt Gravatt today to have my hearing tested and to be fitted with hearing aids. I want to stop mishearing people all the time. I want to be able to sit in work meetings without lip reading,” he says.
Specsavers Audiology Upper Mt Gravatt new owner and audiologist, Kelli Noguchi is encouraging all Upper Mt Gravatt 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’ Executive Director of Audiology, 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 Upper Mt Gravatt 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 Upper Mt Gravatt 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.