Did you hear about the hearing van?

Central West Manager for Australian Hearing, Sunila Kumar, checks Delma Brennan’s hearing. DGBy Dominic Geiger

The Australian Hearing bus was on site in Bathurst Street, Condobolin, last Wednesday afternoon to offer residents the chance to test their hearing ability and to emphasise the importance of regular hearing checkups.

Condobolin resident and former childcare worker, Delma Brennan, said hearing tests were important for people of all ages.

“In an area like this that doesn’t have established hearing services, it’s incredibly important to check kids’ hearing before a certain age,” she said.

“If you don’t, the children retaliate against their frustration of not being able to hear with anger.

“I think it’s a great thing bringing this service to Condobolin.”

Australian Hearing Manager for the Central West, Sunila Kumar, said the van was set up on Condobolin’s main street in order to provide a visual effect in order to encourage people to get their hearing tested.

“If people see the van in a very public place they’re more likely to act on impulse and step inside,” she said.

“Even young people who have ok hearing drop by and they leave with a sense of confidence after they’re told their hearing is fine.” Sunila said the hearing van often provided 40 to 60 people with hearing checks each time it visited a new town.

“We’re really trying to get people to take their hearing seriously,” she said.

“We’re trying to get them to add it to their annual health check.”

Anyone interested in having their hearing tested can call 131 797 to arrange a screening in their local area.

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