Eastleigh residents had the chance to meet a host of furry friends and raise vital funds for a hearing dogs charity as part of a special event held by a local audiologists last month.

Specsavers Audiologists in Eastleigh invited puppies and trainers from the South Hants branch of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to the store on Saturday 28 October to help celebrate the addition of new hearing services at the store.

Paws for thought

Visitors had the chance to find out more about the charity and received free branded pens and badges, while Specsavers also donated proceeds from a collection tin and sales of cakes and merchandise to the good cause, raising a grand total of £208.81.

In addition, the Specsavers Big Ear mascot was on hand to entertain younger customers, while the Specsavers team also offered residents a free three-minute hearing screening to see if they would benefit from taking a full hearing examination.

To top it off, everyone who booked a hearing appointment at the store on the day was automatically entered into a raffle to win a pair of hearing aids worth up to the value of £1,995.

New hearing services

The event was held to celebrate the launch of an extended range of hearing services at Specsavers Audiologists Eastleigh. The store now has two dedicated testing rooms for hearing, including a soundproof booth, and is offering customers full hearing assessments, NHS and private hearing aids, hearing rehabilitation, hearing aid servicing and repairs, and custom noise and ear protection.

Hannah Beaven, the newly-appointed audiology director at Specsavers Audiologists Eastleigh, said: ‘The hearing dogs were very popular with customers and we had a brilliant turnout of people on the day.

'With the event, we wanted to raise awareness of our new hearing services while also supporting the community, so it was great to be able to raise so much money for South Hants Hearing Dogs.'

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