Louis Walsh was the VIP guest at the Specsavers Newry store for a special event to mark the store’s recent £250k refurbishment, which now includes state-of-the-art audiology facilities as well as four new test rooms.

Louis recently launched the Specsavers ‘Listen Up’ campaign – an initiative in place to raise awareness of the importance of regular hearing checks. The 63-year-old, who has managed some of the UK and Ireland’s most successful pop groups, spoke out about his deteriorating hearing for the first time following a recent test at Specsavers.

£250,000 investment

The investment in the Specsavers store, located in the Buttercrane Centre, was made by the store’s two local directors – Alison Dunne and Sharon Fegan – who, with their team of 43 staff, have been providing essential health services to local people from the centre for over the last 18 years. The store now offers four new test rooms which will be fully equipped with the latest eye care technology such as digital retinal cameras. This new technology also includes Digital Precision Eyecare which is a cutting edge new way of selecting and fitting customers’ glasses, using imaging software on tablet devices.

For the first time the store will also offer a dedicated audiology room complete with sound-proofed booth for optimal testing conditions. Customers will be able to avail of free three-minute ear screening seven days a week or a full one-hour hearing test carried out by audiologist Andy Brown.

Louis: ‘The store looks great!’

Louis Walsh 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.’

Louis 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, Reggie and Bollie?!’

A memorable day

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 work that we do.’

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