From 1 February to 11th March 2016, Australian Hearing will partner with Sigma Pharmaceuticals (Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian pharmacies) to deliver free hearing checks and hearing aid health checks to adults aged over 21.
This is the fourth year Australian Hearing will partner with Australia’s largest pharmacy group to help improve the nation’s hearing health.
The in-pharmacy hearing checks are non-invasive and take about 15 minutes to complete. The test involves people listening for sounds while wearing headphones.
In Australia, one in six people have hearing loss and this rate doubles for those over the age of 60. However, on average, most people wait seven years before seeking help.
People with hearing loss may experience tinnitus, known as a ringing sensation in the ears.
Other key signs include difficulty hearing people on the phone and asking others to repeat themselves.
“A free and simple hearing check can help prompt those who may be noticing signs of hearing loss to take the first step,” says Head of Clinical Support at Australian Hearing, Wendy Pearce.
“We are pleased to offer this service in partnership with Sigma as a way to reach out to more people in our local communities and spread the word together,” says Pearce.
National Professional Services Manager at Sigma Pharmaceuticals, James Nevile, says, “A hearing check can be an unknown, however we do know that people trust their local pharmacy.
“By offering hearing checks in a safe and comfortable environment, we can help people start their journey towards a better quality of life through improved hearing.”
During the 15-minute consultation, people will learn their results plus receive advice on what to do next. This may include an invitation to attend a full hearing assessment with a clinician, available at no cost to Australian pensioners.
For people who already have a hearing aid fitted, a free hearing aid health check will also be available.