Free hearing checks for local seniors and workers during Hearing Awareness Week
To coincide with Hearing Awareness Week (August 25 – 31, 2013), hearing clinic Comfort Hearing Aids, Marrickville, is offering free hearing assessments to local pensioners, and those working in a high-noise environment.
Hearing Awareness Week aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities and associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or hearing impairment.
According to Susan Helfand, senior audiologist at Comfort Hearing Aids, one-in-six of 3.5 million Australians are hearing impaired or deaf and many people do not have a hearing assessment when they first notice a problem.
“For many years hearing has been put on the backburner. Studies have shown most people wait, on average, almost 10 years too long before seeking professional help for hearing problems.
“Hearing impairment is really the poor relative of visual problems in the attention it receives for our general health and wellbeing,” Ms Helfand said.
Hearing impairment is often described as the ‘invisible disability’. This is because you cannot ‘see’ hearing loss, as opposed to having an obvious physical disability which requires a wheelchair for example.
Comfort Hearing Aids – a family-run business servicing the Marrickville community for more than 20 years – focuses on providing the hearing impaired person with correct hearing aid devices as well as supporting them and their families with the consequences of having the hearing loss.
Established by Dr Stanley Stylis, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon who continues to work and consult in the business, the practice is an accredited provider for the Office of Hearing Services – the government program which supplies hearing aids to all pensioners.
Comfort Hearing Aids, which has two professional, well-trained staff, provides free hearing screening tests and high quality hearing assessments, hearing aids and other listening devices, worker’s compensation advice and custom-made ear moulds.
As technology advances, many people with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids and cochlear implants. While these innovations have made a positive difference to the way the hearing impaired can communicate and enjoy their lives, communication can be exhausting, even with these technologies.
The number of Australians who are deaf or hearing impaired is increasing due to long-term exposure to excessive noise, accidents, the environment and ageing of the population.
For a free hearing assessment, or to learn more about the importance of hearing health and other activities during Hearing Awareness Week, head down to Alex Trevallion Plaza (adjacent to the post cafe at 274A Marrickville Rd, Marrickville) on Monday, August 26 between 11 am and 1 pm or Petersham RSL on Wednesday, August 28 between 2 pm and 4 pm, where Ms Helfand and her colleagues from Comfort Hearing Aids will be available to talk to you. For more information, visit www.comforthearingaids.com.au
About Hearing Awareness Week
Hearing Awareness Week is an opportunity to focus on the needs of the one in six people who are deaf or hearing impaired or have a chronic ear disorder. It is also an opportunity to explain to all Australians the risks associated with long-term exposure to excessive noise, often in the workplace. It aims to address the level of un-managed hearing-loss making it a National Health Priority.
For more information, or to coordinate an interview with Ms Helfand, please contact Melissa Chlad or Danielle Cesta from VIVA! Communications on 02 9968 3741 / 1604 or 0488 440 274 / 0439 083 869.