Hearing Bus stopping by Moura
The Australian Hearing bus is stopping by Moura today to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness among locals in the community.
Now with an 11-strong fleet of 'blue and white buses', the mobile hearing service has provided over 40,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus was launched in 2009.
Lisa Christiansen, Manager at Australian Hearing Gladstone, said that because age-related hearing loss develops gradually over time, it is common for people be unaware their hearing is diminishing.
Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community, with around 60 per cent of Australians over 60 suffering from some form of hearing loss.
"A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can't hear. Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing," Mrs Christiansen said.
As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can find information on a range of common hearing issues and view a display of easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home. This includes headsets for watching the TV and alert systems for doorbells.
"Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid. Sometimes it's just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that's the problem," Mrs Christiansen said.
The Hearing Bus will be parked at the Moura Dawson Medical Practice at 1 Minogue St from 9am to 3pm today.
No appointment is necessary - Australian Hearing will provide free hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus.
Australian Hearing have a visiting site at the Biloela Hospital which they service monthly.