Local opticians and audiologists Specsavers in Clacton-on-Sea had a visit by hearing dog Tori as part of Hearing Awareness Week (3-9 March).
The four-year-old canine companion met with the audiology team in the store at 68A Pier Avenue as part of the celebration for the week, which included free video-otoscopies for customers, goody bags and raising money for national charity Hearing Dogs.
A pleasure have Tori
Audiology director of Specsavers in Clacton-on-Sea, Nasim Jalal said: ‘It was such a pleasure having Tori in-store to help us raise awareness for hearing care. He and all of his hearing dog friends do such an amazing job for people in our community with hearing loss, we’re always happy to help where we can and support this great cause.’
During the visit, Tori’s owner Linda had a conversation with a couple in-store whose daughter is deaf and later decided to get a hearing dog to help their family.
One in six live with hearing loss
Research shows that one in six people are currently living with hearing loss in the UK1, which will rise to one in five within the next 15 to 20 years. Audiologists recommend people over 55 should have their hearing tested at least every two years.
Specsavers in Clacton holds hearing clinics seven days a week with a capacity to help over 2,500 customers per year.
1 Action on Hearing Loss, Hearing Matters report