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Turning up the volume on hearing loss at Active Retirement Show

23 April, 2014
Specsavers Galway bring Sound Check Ireland to Active Retirement Show
Specsavers Galway bring Sound Check Ireland to the Active Retirement Trade and Tourism Show

To celebrate their official sponsorship of the Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism show, Specsavers brought the Sound Check Booth to the show at the Radisson Blu Hotel this April.

Audiologist

The Sound Check booth, which was situated in a prime location, offered visitors the opportunity to avail of complimentary hearing screenings, as well as to speak to a qualified Specsavers audiologist.

Survey

A survey, conducted at the event, revealed that of the respondents that suffered from hearing loss, 82% of them had still not done anything about it while a staggering 92% of respondents were not aware that hearing loss can be an early detector of dementia. Over three quarters of people surveyed (77%) also revealed that they were not aware that hearing loss can lead to depression.

Stigma

Hearing director at Specsavers Galway, Liz Ryan commented, ‘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.’

‘It has also allowed us to inform local customers about the hearcare services available at Specsavers Galway.’, said Ms. Ryan. In addition to being experts in eye health, Specsavers also specialise in hearing with on-site hearing centres managed by qualified partners and staff.

Hearing screenings

This offers an alternative for the 48% of respondents who said they would visit their GP to have their hearing checked, which would incur a cost for the patient. Specsavers hearing centres provide a free, three-minute hearing screenings, with no need to book a full appointment and no obligation to buy. The screener lets customers know whether they would benefit from having a full hearing test, which takes about one hour.

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