The Larne Specsavers team are highlighting the importance of eye health and hearing loss in the community as well as regular eye and hearing checks in partnership with Q Radio on Friday 2nd August.

Ibe from Q hosting Broadway roadshow

Q Radio mid-morning presenter and DJ Ibe Sesay are at Broadway from 10 am to 1 pm to meet and chat to local people and add lots of summer vibe to life, business and shopping in Larne town centre.

The Q Radio roadshow and street crew will be helping Larne Specsavers roll out their summer optical and audiology health messages.

Face painters will be on hand to add colour and entertain children and the Q radio team are giving out special Specsavers summer goody bags. Specsavers audiologist Glenn Haveron will also attend the event to answer questions and in store will carry out free hearing checks if customers wish to book a screening check. As part of the event celebrations, Specsavers is also running a 50% off sunglasses promotion.

Don’t take good vision for granted

Optometry director at Larne Specsavers Darren Caulfield explains: 'Having good vision is something many of us take for granted, but it’s not guaranteed. Anyone can develop problems with their eye health and it’s essential to be tested regularly – we advise an eye-test every two years.

Larne Specsavers audiologist, Glenn Haveron, said: 'People of all different age ranges and backgrounds can suffer from hearing loss and many symptoms can be alleviated by wearing hearing aids.

Hearing test every 2 years recommended for over 55s

'They can experience hearing loss in various ways including exposure to very loud sounds or prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage. Everyone’s hearing will deteriorate at some stage. With age hair cells in our inner ears lose their efficiency, affecting the sounds that can be heard. It’s recommended that anyone who is over 55 or has hearing loss take a hearing test every two years.

'Typically, it’s the higher frequencies we lose first, making it difficult to distinguish speech from background sounds. Initial signs of hearing loss can include ringing in the ears known as tinnitus.

Hearing aids help the brain make sense of sounds

'Wearing a hearing aid can actually help slow down the rate of deterioration of hearing loss, as hearing aids help the brain to remember how to make sense of sounds.'     

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