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Help at hand for hearing loss

Friday, 24th January, 2014

(From left) Australian Hearing clinician Brittannie Millowick, BH Manager Andrea Kanas and Customer Service Officer June Spangler. (From left) Australian Hearing clinician Brittannie Millowick, BH Manager Andrea Kanas and Customer Service Officer June Spangler.

By Emily Roberts

Australian Hearing has opened a permanent centre in Broken Hill to provide the local area with improved access to hearing health services.

Manager of Australian Hearing Broken Hill, Andrea Kanas said hearing loss is becoming a more prevalent health issue and it was important to provide the local community with increased access.

Australian Hearing has been working in the city for over two decades and previously worked out of the BH Hearing Resource Centre.

“Late last year, we starting working from this new site and we employed a permanent customer service officer, June Spangler.

“We were able to open on a permanent basis this year. The service was expanding, we were getting more and more clients.

“There was a need for a more permanent presence, this way we are able to provide a greater service.”

Ms Kanas said from May, a permanent audiologist would be moving to Broken Hill.

“We will be the first centre in Broken Hill to have a permanent location and a permanent audiologist,” she said.

Ms Kanas said the hearing centre provided free services to eligible clients which included pensioners, veterans and their dependents.

There is also testing available for children and young people up to the age of 26.

“People often leave it until it is too late. Sixty-percent of people over 60 years have some form of hearing loss.

“The odds of having some hearing loss are pretty high, it’s better to come in and have a check.

Office hours are 9.30am to 3pm. Support staff are able to do minor repairs to devices on the spot, answer queries about people’s hearing concerns and book appointments for eligible clients.

The centre is located at Shop 9, Exchange Arcade, Argent Street, for more information contact 8084 4200.

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