The Hearing Australia bus is coming to the Douglas Shire to offer free* hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness in the local community.
With a 12-strong fleet of Hearing Australia buses, the mobile hearing service has provided over 175,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus service launched in 20091.
Hearing Australia buses travel around the country, not only visiting busy city centres, but also smaller regional towns where it might be difficult for people to get their hearing checked. The bus also stops by retirement villages and aged care facilities to make it easier for people to have their hearing checked.
The team at Hearing Australia want to help people take control of their hearing health and experience the joy of sound in all aspects of their life.
Healthy hearing is a big part of life. It keeps us connected to the people and life we love. Good hearing plays a significant role in helping people stay active, happy and involved in the world around them.
An estimated 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss, and this is projected to more than double to 7.8 million by 2060, meaning nearly one in every five Australians will be affected2.
A hearing check is a quick and easy way to help identify if your hearing might not be as sharp as it used to be.
As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the Hearing Australia bus can also find information on how to keep their hearing in good shape and get information regarding easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home. This includes headsets for watching TV and alert systems for doorbells.
Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing may need a hearing aid. Sometimes people might just need support listening to the TV at normal volumes, hearing at noisy social events, or hearing their friends and family on the phone.
No appointment is necessary. Hearing Australia will provide hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus on the day. The Hearing Australia team is on hand to guide you through what your next steps may be to help you rediscover the sounds you love.
Hearing Australia Bus – Douglas schedule:
Friday 28th May
8.30am-12.30pm Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, 58 Mudlo St, Port Douglas
1.00pm-3.00pm Mossman Hospital, 9 Hospital St, Mossman
Saturday 29th May
7am-1pm Mossman Markets, Foxton Avenue, Mossman