Australian Hearing buses to provide free hearing checks

The Australian Hearing bus is stopping by Mannum, Karoonda and Callington to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness, to locals in the community.

The mobile hearing service has provided more than 94,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus was launched in 2009.

About 60 per cent of Australians over 60 experience some form of hearing loss.

Manager at Australian Hearing Mount Barker, Charyse May said because age-related hearing loss develops gradually over time, it is common for people be unaware of their diminishing hearing.

“Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing,” she said.

Visitors to the bus can also find information on common hearing issues and view easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home, including headsets for watching the TV and alert systems for doorbells.

“Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid,” Ms. May said.

“Sometimes it’s just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that’s the problem.”

No appointment is necessary. Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to anyone over 18 who visit the bus on the day.

Hearing checks: 9.30am-3.30pm Tuesday, October 17 at Arnold Park, Mannum; 9am-12pm Thursday, October 19 on Railway Terrace, Karoonda; 1-3.30pm Thursday, October 19 at Callington General Store.