Behind each of your favourite stores are passionate, hardworking people who welcome you to take part in their story, every time you walk in. Here, we introduce you to the faces behind some of your favourite Stockland retailers. Learn about the history of their business, the products and services they offer and what they love about their local community.
Meet Imran, National Hearing Care
1. How common is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is really quite common – particularly if you’re over 60. In fact over half Australians over the age of 60 experience some kind of hearing difficulty. And that because our hearing naturally deteriorates as we get older. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.
2. What impact does hearing loss have?
The sad fact is that many people may spend several years putting up with hearing impairment before they do anything about it. You might find yourself turning up the TV to hear it better, you may think people mumble, loved ones may mention your hearing difficulty to you. For some people, their hearing levels deteriorate to the point where they may withdraw from normal social interactions completely. Some studies have linked untreated hearing loss in adults to depression, fatigue & social withdrawal. In the last 5 years there has been growing research to support the impact of hearing loss and its impact of short term memory.
3. What does a free hearing test involve?
When you come to Cairns National Hearing Care clinic, we can initially conduct a basic hearing test to screen your hearing ability. This involves listening to a series of sounds through a set of headphones and clicking the button when you hear a sound. It only takes 20 minutes. If the test does show that you have a hearing loss, you’ll be referred to one of our expert audiologists who’ll do a thorough test and discuss your treatment/management options. This may include the use of hearing aids to correct the hearing loss. We also recommend that you should have a hearing test routinely to monitor your hearing.
4. How do people book in for a Free hearing test?
They can call us here at Cairns National Hearing Care clinic on 07 40533100 or they can pop in to our clinic Shop 13 Stockland Shopping Centre, Earlville
5. How have hearing aids advanced?
There have been some significant advances in hearing aid technology recently. The first thing is the size. Whether they fit behind the ear, or in the ear itself, many of these devices have become almost invisible. You won’t notice you’re wearing them, and neither will anyone else! And we’ve seen some really big improvements in the performance of hearing aids too. With intelligent technology, today’s hearing aids automatically adapt the settings for different environments, such as at home, car or in a restaurant. Hearing aids now have Bluetooth technology in them so all your calls are streamed directly to your ears, plus no need to use headphones for listening to TV/music or audiobooks. Last but not the least they also are rechargeable so no need to change batteries!
6. Is there any government funding?
Yes, you may be eligible for government assistance which means that your hearing aids could be fully funded or heavily subsidized if you choose to top-up to premium devices.
If you’d like to read more about your most-loved retailers, their products, and the faces behind the businesses, click through to the Retailer Stories page on our Belong hub. There are plenty of stories to share!