Specsavers Droitwich went all ears for charity as it hosted a hearing awareness day.

The store the event on Friday 24 August, to raise funds for charities Hearing Dogs and Deaf Blind UK as well as raising awareness around the issues of hearing loss.

Special guests included hearing dog Obie, along with the giant ear - aka the store’s optical assistant Eloise Smith – while Pauline Howes, the store host, volunteered to have her ears plugged by audiologist Craig Sadler to mimic hearing loss for the day.

‘Hearing loss can affect every aspect of a person’s life and can often be quite isolating – which we appreciated all the more after seeing Pauline try and cope with her ears plugged for the day,’ commented Droitwich Specsavers store director, Emma Singh.

Important tests

‘Most people know that it’s important to get their eyes examined regularly as part of a full health check, but fewer people realise the importance of a simple hearing check, which is why we were keen to run the event. Thanks to everyone who supported us.’

If you’re not sure whether you have a hearing problem, you can pop into the store where the team can carry out a simple 15-minute hearing check using a tablet device called an AudioPad. This will indicate whether you have hearing loss and need a more in-depth appointment with an audiologist.  If that’s the case, then you can book an appointment for a full hearing test, which is non-invasive and is free too, for a day and time that suits you.

A range of options 

If you do end up needing hearing aids, the audiologist can help you decide on a model that’s right for you and your needs. The store offers a range of hearing aids, including the latest high-tech and discrete models, as well as free aftercare for as long as you need it.

Specsavers recommends that everyone over the age of 55 should have a hearing test every two years.

All Droitwich hearing store information