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Hearing loss campaign bus to visit Glasgow

Tuesday 14th August 2018
The Specsavers Hearing Loss Campaign bus is heading to Scotland, with a visit to Glasgow on the itinerary.
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Specsavers may be best known for its eyecare and cheeky adverts, but Glaswegians will be the latest to note it has turned some of its attention to the issue of hearing loss. 

The firm's Better Hearing Bus will be present in Scotland's largest city on August 23rd, when it will park up in Argyle Street, Glasgow Live reports. 

On board the vehicle will be a hearing loss simulator and an opportunity to get a free hearing check. Professional advisors will also be on board. 

Audiology director of Specsavers Glasgow Ryan Forbes said: "Many people find coming to terms with age-related hearing loss difficult.

"Some people feel embarrassed or think it makes them look old but the sooner you do something about your hearing loss, the better your hearing is likely to be in the long-term."

The issue of hearing loss - and the need for audiology services - is only going to grow as the UK population ages. At present, around 11 million people (one in six) are living with hearing loss, a figure that is expected to rise to 15.6 million (one in five) by 2035. 

Despite this, on average people take a decade to seek any kind of help for hearing problems, which can impact on their quality of life in the meantime. 

Mr Forbes said hearing aids can not just enhance the ability to detect sound at the time, but can slow down the process of hearing loss. He added that the key aim of taking the Specsavers bus around Britain is to "make sure people have the right information about hearing loss and the problems it can cause," as well as giving anyone with hearing issues the "confidence" to take some action. 

The Specsavers Better Hearing Bus is visiting 22 locations across Britain in five weeks. It started its tour in London on July 26th and the day before the Glasgow visit it will be in Aberdeen.

Its tour concludes with days in Newcastle, Leeds and finally Sheffield on August 26th.

Written by James Puckle

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