The audiology team at Specsavers Southampton like nothing more than getting out and about in the community to talk about how to look after your ears.

And audiology director Dr Alison Vaughan and audiologist Trish Hockings recently gave a talk on hearing for the older person to the Waterside Probus men’s group.

Charity donation

The talk covered the anatomy of the ear, how we hear, how the ear ages, how your hearing can change as you get older, and how hearing aids can help.

The group found the talk really useful and donated £65 to Hearing Dogs by way of a thank you, and Alison and Trish also joined them for lunch.

A word from Waterside Probus

Richard Clare, speaker secretary for Waterside Probus, said: ‘Most hearing loss is gradual such as that we do not really notice the changes – and all too often people slowly become introverted and therefore less sociable due to loss of hearing.

‘Specsavers provide help and advice, not just hearing aids, and a lot can be done to maintain the quality of life.’

A word from Alison

Alison said: ‘We would like to thank Waterside Probus for letting us come and speak to them, and we hope they found our advice helpful.

‘We would also like to thank them for their donation to Hearing Dogs. The charity does vital work with the people they support, and – with it costing £40,000 to support each hearing dog partnership over their lifetime – every penny raised really does help’.

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