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Free hearing tests for Hearing Awareness Week.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 1026 Published: 25/8/2003 Title: Free Hearing Tests for Hearing Awareness Week

The Member for Edem-Monaro, Gary Nairn, is encouraging all seniors and veterans to take advantage of the free screening provided by Australian Hearing Services as part of Hearing Awareness Week 24-30 August 2003.

“Seniors who suspect they may have a hearing loss should contact Australian Hearing to make an appointment for a free hearing screening at your nearest centre,” Gary Nairn said.

“Australians just need to think differently about hearing devices. Hearing aids have the capacity to change lives more so than most technology yet they are still avoided by four in five people who could actually benefit from wearing one.

“Early warning signs of hearing loss include increasing the volume on the television, missing the doorbell or telephone ringing and thinking people are mumbling and finding it hard to hear what is being said in noisy places.

“If you suffer any of these symptoms you can take the first step to improving your quality of life by calling your nearest Australian Hearing centre on 13 17 97.

“Australian Hearing is available for advice or to make an appointment for a free hearing check between Monday to Friday during Hearing Awareness Week, August 24 to 30.

“Screenings will be by appointment only and those people interested in taking up the offer are encouraged to call early, as appointments are expected to fill up fast.” Gary Nairn said.

About Hearing Awareness Week Hearing Awareness Week is a national education campaign designed to improve understanding of hearing impairment and related issues for Australians. This national platform aims to reduce the impact of hearing loss in the community and provide an opportunity for people to get help and improve their quality of life.

About Australian Hearing Australian Hearing is the largest and most comprehensive provider of hearing services in Australia, fitting over 80,000 hearing aids a year. As a Commonwealth funded authority, its services are government subsidised and provided exclusively to aged pensioners, most war veterans and children under 21.