Louis Walsh opened the Buttercrane Specsavers opticians and audiologists today in Newry, Northern Ireland, as apart of their £250,000 refurbishment. 

The new state-of-the-art audiology facilities now have a sound-proofed booth for optimal hearing test conditions. 

Louis said, 'I am very pleased to be here – the store looks great and it’s fantastic that the customers have access to these state-of-the-art facilities, particularly the new hearing facilities. I can testify to the importance of hearing tests. Having my hearing tested has made me realise just how important it is to have regular hearing checks. People have no problem getting their sight checked, yet for some reason, admitting to having hearing problems is still relatively taboo.’

He added: 'Although I don’t need to wear a hearing aid now, I know there will come a time when I do, and I have no problem with that whatsoever. I want to continue to hear everything and they are so small and advanced these days that there really is no reason to not want to wear one! I know Simon Cowell will really take the mickey out of me for this, but I think after some of the people he’s allowed through on The X Factor he should consider having his hearing tested too! I mean come on.' 

Store director Sharon Fegan said, 'This has been a very memorable day for us in the Newry store. It has been great for our staff and customers to meet Louis Walsh in person.' Alison Dunne, also store director added, “Louis was the perfect VIP guest as he himself can testify to the importance of the hearing tests. '

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