The Australian Hearing bus is stopping by Forbes, Parkes and Manildra to offer free 15 minute hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness in the local community.
Now with a 12-strong fleet of Australian Hearing buses, the mobile hearing service has provided over 175,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus was launched in 2009.
The hearing bus will be stopping at Forbes on June 6 and June 13 and will be based at Harold Street. The bus will be located at Parkes' Clarinda Street on June 7 and June 11.
Janet Chapparo, Manager at Australian Hearing Orange, said that because age-related hearing loss develops gradually over time, it is common for people to overlook warning signs that their hearing is diminishing.
"Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in the community. One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss. And with an ageing population this is expected to increase to one in four by 2050," Janet said.
"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 regard to your hearing."
As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can also 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 they might just need support listening to the TV at normal volumes, hearing at noisy social events, or hearing friends and family on the phone," Janet said.
No appointment is necessary. Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus on the day.