Sound Check Ireland, a nationwide roadshow that is travelling around the country providing free hearing screenings, recently visited the Over 50’s Show at Cork City Hall. As a number of attendees visited the show from Kerry, representatives from the Hearing Centre in Specsavers Killarney ensured they were on hand to cater to their hearcare queries.
The Sound Check booth, which was stationed at the event for the weekend, offered people complimentary hearing screenings, as well as the chance to speak to a qualified Specsavers audiologist.
A survey, conducted at the event, revealed that of the respondents that suffered from hearing loss, over half of them (54%) had still not done anything about it, while a staggering 88% of respondents were not aware that hearing loss can be an early detector of dementia. A further 66% revealed that they were not aware that hearing loss can lead to depression.
Removing the Stigma
Hearing director Rory Perry said, ‘The presence of the Sound Check Ireland booth gives us the opportunity to remind people about the importance of looking after their hearing. We need to remove the stigma associated with hearing loss, in the same way as has been achieved with glasses.’
Mr Perry specialises in hearing, and manages a Specsavers hearing centre with qualified staff. Having a hearing centre in the high street offering free hearing tests, is an alternative for 44% of respondents who otherwise said they would have to visit their GP to have their hearing checked.