Australian Hearing’s Gold Coast manager Karina Morrison demonstrates the innovative
Australian Hearing’s Gold Coast manager Karina Morrison demonstrates the innovative "soundhawk".

Listen up to this important message on hearing loss

AGING of the Australian population will inevitably lead to more hearing problems.

Currently about 60% of men and women aged 60 and over experience a form of hearing loss, and some medication can affect hearing.

Australian Hearing's Gold Coast manager Karina Morrison works to address those problems every day.

Testing is free for anyone aged over 18 years.

"Our youngest client is one month old and our eldest is 103," Karina said.

"Australian Hearing is a Federal Government agency under the banner of the Department of Human Services.

"The money goes back into the National Acoustic Laboratories (for research).

"What we can offer veterans is something no one else can - we have a special affiliation with the Department of Veteran Affairs."

There is a range of technology on the market to improve hearing loss.

Karina is a fan of the "soundhawk", which bluetooths a wearer's phone and amplifies sound.

"It's a nice first step to a hearing aid. For $500, it's a great alternative," she said.

Australian Hearing allows about 15 minutes for a hearing test.

"That generally gives you a good baseline to what the next step is," Karina says.

"At aged care facilities, we also train staff on how to clean a hearing aid.

"We also work closely with GPs."

Australian Hearing Gold Coast & Northern NSW marketing officer Sheree Lyons says services also include fitting hearing devices and providing counselling and rehabilitative programs to manage a hearing impairment.

Home and aged care visits can be arranged, as well as training for medical staff and in-school services for children.

"We provide free hearing checks and presentations to community centres, education campuses, GP clinics, men's sheds, clubs and events," Sheree said.

"Anyone in the community can visit our hearing centres for a free hearing check and, if they already have a hearing aid, we will clean and check it for free also."

For more information on Australian Hearing visit or call 131 797.

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