HORSHAM residents are being urged to get their hearing checked as West Street’s Specsavers hosted a special hearing booth on Tuesday.
Sound Check the Nation, part of a joint initiative between Specsavers and Action on Hearing Loss, aims to carry out one million free hearing checks across the UK before October.
While the special hearing booth was installed in the centre of the store for one day only, facilities to check hearing are available in Specsaver’s everyday.
Claire Vickers (Con, Southwater), chairman of Horsham District Council, said: “There are a lot of people out there who need hearing checks and they’re missing an awful lot.
“It’s a really good idea and as many people as possible should come in and get their hearing tested.”
She will be supporting the nationwide campaign to encourage people to get their hearing checked, which they can do in two or three minutes by visiting Specsavers.
Kalpna Raval, hear care director at Specsavers Horsham, said: “There are two types of people we’ve had in today, firstly those who are aware that their health needs a good health check and those who are aware of current hearing issue and are coming in to check for better products than they have at the moment.”
On average research indicates a 10-year delay between symptoms and treatment for hearing loss, while one in six people in the UK have some hearing loss.