Community morning tea to shine light on hearing loss

Burdekin residents will be able to access information and free hearing screenings as part of a community morning tea for Hearing Awareness Week this 25 February – 3 March.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin Library was partnering with Australian Hearing to host the morning tea at the Ayr branch of Burdekin Library from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 27 February.

“One in six people in Australia has a hearing loss, and with the ageing of the population, hearing loss is projected to increase to one in four Australians by 2050,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The upcoming morning tea at Burdekin Library includes an information session by Australian Hearing representative Lynda Ash, free hearing screenings and an opportunity to discuss your hearing needs with Australian Hearing staff.”

Hearing Awareness Week aims to highlight the issues faced by people with hearing loss.

Cr McLaughlin said people often waited for years before they sought help for their hearing loss.

Signs of hearing loss can include turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain; frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves; and not being able to hear properly on the telephone.

“Come along to our morning tea and take the opportunity to learn more about this prevalent health problem,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Bookings are essential by calling Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

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