Friday, August 17th, 2012
Blokes need to listen up in Hearing Awareness Week and get a free hearing check at National Hearing Care.

Audiologist, Joel Elliott from National Hearing Care, says one in six Australians has a hearing loss and because of the country’s ageing population this ratio is expected to increase to one in four by 2050.

“Men are more likely to suffer a hearing loss due to factors such as noise in the workplace and war service, but are least likely to take the initiative for a test.

“Since hearing loss is gradual and subtle, many people don’t even realise they’re losing their hearing.

Sufferers tend to blame their partner with phrases like ‘stop mumbling!’ and ‘you never told me that'.”

Some hearing loss is a natural part of ageing, but Joel says it can be exacerbated by heredity, lifestyle and illness.

“If you spend lot of time working where there is a lot of noise, have experienced repeat ear infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, or are a smoker, you’re more likely to have hearing problems.”

"We also see a lot of people who have been putting off getting their hearing tested because they don't like the look of a hearing aid," he says. "What they don't realise is times have changed and hearing devices are now incredibly small and very effective."

“Regardless of whether a hearing device is for you it’s important to watch your overall health and have a hearing check every two years.”

National Hearing Care is encouraging Australians to take a free hearing check at one of their clinics during Hearing Awareness Week from 19th-25th August.

To make an appointment call: 1800 828 047 or visit

Sunday 19th August -FREE hearing checks are also available at Federation Square from 11am-4pm.

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National Hearing Care

National Hearing Care has been helping Australians hear better for over 10 years. We have the largest networks of permanently staffed centres located across Australia.

We employ a highly qualified team of professional audiologists, each with extensive experience in all areas of hearing loss, including diagnosis, rehabilitation, hearing loss prevention and the latest instrument fitting technologies.
Julia Loughlin
P: 03 8643 1638


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