Audiologists in Specsavers Donegal Town are hosting a walk-in Hearcare Open Day. On Friday, 2 August, the team will host a representative from hearing aid experts Phonak, who will be on hand to meet with locals, discuss any hearing issues they may be having and offer free hearing tests, as well as highlighting the benefits of the new Phonak Marvel Hearing Aids.
The new Phonak Marvel Hearing Aids offer a multitude of benefits. The Bluetooth features mean it can connect directly to either iOS or Android smartphones or other Bluetooth enabled phones and be used for hands-free calls, for listening to TV, music, e-books, podcasts and so much more. Marvel Hearing Aids can distinguish between streamed speech and music signals for an optimised sound quality and are available with powerful rechargeable technology.
Research*, recently commissioned by Specsavers, reveals that just over half of adults (52%) in Ulster regularly worry about losing their hearing, yet only 27% of people would act quickly (within a week) if they noticed a change in their hearing. Hearing loss affects around one in six Irish adults, yet the main reason people cite for not having regular hearing tests is that they believed their hearing to be fine. In actual fact, hearing loss can be gradual, and many people may not notice they are struggling. Just under a third of people (32%) in Ulster say they would be less inclined to go to social events in fear they would not be able to hear people properly.
Importance of Early Detection
Audiologist, Martina McNulty, stresses that the speed of deterioration and the effects can often be reduced with hearing protection and early intervention. ‘Hearing aids work to enhance your existing hearing so early detection and intervention is crucial. Untreated hearing loss can have far-reaching implications beyond hearing and has been linked to feelings of depression, frustration and anxiety. Our representative from hearing aid brand Phonak will provide customers with professional audiology advice and can determine a suitable type of hearing aid based on their lifestyle and hearing needs.’
Remove the Stigma of Hearing Aids
Martina together with her professional hearing team will also be on hand on Friday, 2 August carrying out demonstrations using the latest technology in an effort to remove stigmas around the wearing of hearing aids. Martina continues: ‘Common misconceptions around hearing aids can discourage people from initially seeking treatment and wearing the devices. The truth is that modern hearing aids can be discreet, can improve both hearing loss and overall quality of life, but are also cost-effective at Specsavers. We have an extensive range of hearing aids featuring the newest innovations, with highly trained hearing healthcare professionals that will help you pick the right device for you. With PRSI benefits, the cost doesn’t need to be a major concern.’
For anyone interested in visiting the Hearcare Open Day, drop by Specsavers at Unit 2-3, The Diamond Centre, Donegal Town, on Friday, 02 August.
*The nationally representative survey was conducted in March 2019 by Empathy Research through an online omnibus survey. A sample size of 1,000 was achieved with quotas set on gender, age, social class and region to achieve a sample aligned with national population.