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Turning Up Volume Hearing Problems

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


Hearing loss can be a gradual process and most common later in life. It can often go unnoticed for a long period of time and while it is advised that all over the age of 40 should have a check at least once a year, many tend to push the problem aside.


Wigan Specsavers director, Graeme Gardner, says: 'Making your hearing your number one resolution is easy with free checks available at our hearing clinic.


'If you are having difficulty hearing anything in a crowded room, are unable to speak to more than one person in a conversation, or are turning up the volume on the radio and TV because you are straining to hear, then it is advised that you come in for a check.'


But it is not just the over 40s that should be worried about their hearing. With iPods and personal stereos being a firm favourite at Christmas, and high volume levels still a dangerous trend, it is crucial that a child's hearing is called into check.


Graeme warns: 'Directly exposing your ear drums to high volumes can irreparably damage hearing. If they are unable to hear the music at a lower level a hearing check would be needed to ensure no hearing loss has occurred.'


The hearing clinic at Specsavers Wigan is open Wednesday to Friday and every Sunday, offering free checks completed by a qualified hearing aid audiologist.


To test your hearing take the online questionnaire at www.specsavers.co.uk- where you can also find more information about hearing loss and the free tests. To book an appointment at Wigan Specsavers call 01942 824 480.




Specsavers notes to editors Nov 09
• Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world.
• The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director.
• Specsavers has more than 1,425 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
• Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10.
• Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
• Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff.
• Specsavers was voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader’s Digest in 2009.
• Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * – nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008.
• Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 35%. Our share of the opticians market is 38%.*
• Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world.
• Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
• Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf People. During their three year support for.Diabetes UK they raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
• Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries.
*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)