CITY of Stirling residents can get a free hearing and ear health check this Thursday from Western Hearing Services.
Western Hearing Services clinician Diane Hallworth said hearing loss affected one in six Australians and many wait an average of six years before seeking treatment.
“This number increases to three in four Australians who are aged 70 years and over but what’s equally concerning is many Australians wait an average of six years before seeking any treatment,” she said.
“It’s estimated that a whopping 85 per cent of people with hearing loss do not use a corrective device such as a hearing aid.”
Ms Hallworth said than a quarter of the combined population of City of Stirling, City of Nedlands and City of Bayswater was likely to experience age-related hearing loss.
“With 26 per cent aged 55 and over a further 34 per cent of the working population are employed in an industry that puts them at greater risk of having or developing noise-related hearing loss,” she said.
The free sessions will provide free hearing checks and hearing health advice, as well as free health checks including cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure, with on-the-spot results undertaken by a qualified health professional.
Western Hearing Services Health and Wellbeing Sessions
When: Thursday, May 4, 9am-1pm
Where: Scarborough Community Centre, 173 Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough
Phone: 1800 542 985 for more information or to register your interest