DEMONSTRATING its commitment to giving back to the communities in which it operates, a local opticians recently visited the Dundalk Community Men’s Shed offering members free hearing tests and expert advice.
To celebrate the fifth year of Sound Check, Specsavers recently launched two mobile hearing vans which will travel the length and breadth of the country highlighting the importance of hearing health.
Specsavers audiologist Jeff Walbran says: “We were delighted to meet with the members of the Dundalk Community Men’s Shed and were really impressed with the standard of their work. People with untreated hearing loss can often experience isolation and depression so it was great to visit a place that encourages social interaction and has a strong sense of friendly camaraderie.’
Jeff spoke to the members, many of whom are retired tradesmen about noise-induced and age-related hearing loss and answered any questions that they had. He also encouraged the men to take a proactive approach to their hearing and avail themselves of the free hearing test services available at Specsavers Dundalk.
Speaking about hearing loss Jeff explains: “As we get older, our hearing becomes less acute but exposure to high decibel levels can also be detrimental. Unfortunately, hearing loss is often overlooked by people when it comes to their healthcare routine. At Specsavers, we encourage everyone over the age of 55 to get a hearing check every two years. Sound Check Ireland is designed to ensure that anyone who is concerned about their hearing has access to free and professional advice and to make it even easier to take the first step to better hearing health.’