26 September 2023

Hearing Bus earmarks bushfire towns

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Hearing Australia’s buses are visiting bushfire-affected areas in NSW and Victoria to support clients and community members needing assistance with their hearing.

Managing Director of Hearing Australia, Kim Terrell said Hearing Australia would work with other Government services, including Centrelink, to ensure that people living in bushfire-affected areas knew help was at hand.

“For over 70 years, Hearing Australia has put our clients at the heart of everything we do,” Mr Terrell said.

“We know this is a devastating time for many people across the nation and we encourage anyone in a bushfire affected area who needs help with their hearing, or the hearing of a family member, to call our helpline, hop on our bus or talk to our local team,” he said.

“The custom-equipped buses provide access to clinical support, with services including initial hearing checks, replacement of hearing aids lost or damaged during the bushfire emergency, and hearing aid batteries.”

He said Hearing Australia had also set up an emergency helpline – 1800 826 500 -available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm AEST, for anyone impacted by the bushfires who needed hearing help.

“Hearing Australia has also teamed up with Cochlear to help people with a Cochlear implant who have been impacted by the bushfires,” Mr Terrell said.

“The buses are equipped with Cochlear Nucleus and Baha Bone conduction implant troubleshooting kits and accessories, such as microphone protectors, spare non-rechargeable batteries, cables and coils.”

A full list of areas the Hearing Australia bus is set to visit can be accessed at this PS News link.

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