Free health checks at Victor Central on Thursday, March 23

Members of the Victor Harbor community can take advantage of free health checks at a ‘Wellness Day’ on Thursday, March 23.

HearingLife, in the Victor Harbor shopping centre, will provide free health checks to the community, including hearing checks, hearing health advice, cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure checks.

The wellness day will run from 10am to 3pm. To register attendance phone 1800 529 596.

Hearing loss is one of Australia’s most prevalent health conditions, second only to musculoskeletal disease. Three in four people aged over 70 years suffer from hearing loss. With Australia’s ageing population, this figure is only set to increase in the coming years.

“We are excited to be hosting our first Wellness Day,” said Victor Harbor audiologist Debbie Bennett, of HearingLife.

“The Day is about encouraging the community to get regular check-ups, including hearing checks. We’ll have a nurse with us to do the health checks and I’ll be doing the hearing checks.

“It’s very important to look after ourselves.

“The body’s systems are interconnected, and what affects one part of the body can have flow-on effects to other parts.”

Hearing loss is often gradual and many people aren’t aware of their difficulty in hearing until the condition has become quite advanced, simply writing it off as a ‘normal’ part of ageing. But Debbie advises that the earlier people get checked, the better.

“When hearing loss is left untreated, it can pose increased risks to a person’s health, including depression, social isolation, raised blood pressure, heart problems and even dementia,” says Debbie.

“If you think you’re not hearing as well as you used to, you should come in and get your hearing checked. It’s an important part of looking after your wider health.”

Debbie advises there are many treatment options for hearing loss these days. With advancements in technology, hearing aids are becoming a more popular and reliable solution. The latest hearing aids are often more discreet and comfortable, as well as being equipped with enchanced features, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth making modern technologies such as smartphones and TVs easier to use, meaning they’re improving people’s quality of life.

“Over the last 10 years we’ve seen a real shift in the average age of clients presenting with hearing loss as more adults who are in their 50’s and 60’s looking to hearing aids to manage their hearing loss and improve their quality of life,” Debbie said.