To celebrate the launch of Sound Check Ireland 2017, Specsavers Portlaoise announced that they will be hosting the mobile hearing van in Fisherstown, Sunday, 02 July and in Portlaoise, Monday, 03 July to raise awareness of the importance of hearing throughout the year.
Mobile hearing vans
These special mobile hearing vans are designed to make it even easier for people to take the first step in tackling hearing loss. Free on site hearing screenings and professional advice will be available to anyone who is concerned about their hearing.
The hearing van will be in Laois on the following days:
Sunday, 02 July * Fisherstown from 11 - 4.30pm
Monday, 03 July * Portlaoise from 9 – 5pm
Regular hearing tests
Audiologist at Specsavers Portlaoise, David Hughes, comments on the importance of regular hearing tests stating that: 'Specsavers recommends that those over the age of 55 should have their hearing tested every two years.
'Hearing loss can be gradual and many people might not notice that they are struggling with proper hearing and without treatment, hearing loss can lead to depression, frustration and anxiety.
'Because of the slow progression of hearing loss, identifying the problem early and addressing hearing loss with an expert can mean preserving the ability to communicate with friends and family well into later life. The Specsavers Hearing Van is designed to ensure that anyone who is concerned about their hearing has access to free and professional advice.'
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older people and while there is a resistance to get hearing tested and acknowledge hearing loss, attitudes towards wearing hearing aids seem to be shifting, with the vast majority of people surveyed (90%) saying that they would wear them if it was recommended. Modern hearing aids are discreet, can improve both hearing loss and overall quality of life, and Specsavers offers good value for money.