THE Australian Hearing bus is stopping by Gingin District Community Resource Centre to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness this month.
Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community, with about 60 per cent of Australians over 60 suffering from some form of hearing loss.
Australian Hearing Morley manager Julie Faulkner said because age-related hearing loss developed gradually over time, it was common for people to be unaware their hearing was diminishing.
“A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear,” she said.
Visitors to the bus can also get information on a range of common hearing issues and view a display of easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home, such as headsets for watching the TV and alert systems for doorbells.
“Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid,” Mrs Faulkner 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 and staff will provide hearing checks to anyone over 18 who visits the bus at the Community Resource Centre, 1A Lilly King Place, Gingin between 9.30am and 2.30pm on November 22.