March 3 marks World Hearing Day, an annual campaign to raise awareness on hearing loss prevention and advocating for better hearing healthcare worldwide.

Local audiologist Ben Hoddinott from The Little Hearing Co advised World Hearing Day was a great opportunity for bayside locals to get their hearing checked.

Said Ben, “In Australia, over 3.6 million people have some level of hearing loss.

“Unfortunately, we know that many people with hearing loss can take years to do something about it.

“In the meantime their mental health, social participation and work lives can be impacted. It can also have wide reaching impacts on their families and friends.

“If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing difficulties, there is a wide range of programs and devices which can help.

“World Hearing Day is an important prompt for people to see a specialist and not put up with hearing difficulties.

“Hearing well is such an important part of life, and we don’t want anyone to put off having their test because of the cost.

“So throughout March we’re offering up to 50% off our comprehensive hearing assessments. Rebates are also available through Medicare if you get a referral from your doctor.

“It only takes a few minutes to book a test via our website or by giving our clinic a call.”  

Ben stressed that prevention is better than a cure and advised limiting exposure to loud noises, using hearing protection (such as ear plugs) and getting your hearing checked annually should be top of mind.

For further information regarding The Little Hearing Co, visit www.littlehearingco.com or phone (07) 3843 401.