More than 65,000 local people have been assisted in their communication thanks to ten years of service by Australian Hearing Maitland.
The Commonwealth agency is a world leader in the care of children and eligible adults who are hard of hearing.
Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas said she was proud that Australian Hearing Maitland had helped change people’s lives.
“Congratulations to Australian Hearing Maitland on this important milestone,” Senator McLucas said.
“Hearing loss affects one in six Australians and the numbers are growing. That’s why the Maitland team provide free hearing services for many of our most vulnerable people.”
Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon today joined staff and clients at the Maitland centre to mark the occasion.
“The staff who work here are dedicated to the local community, going everywhere from veterans’ groups to nursing homes to private houses,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“It’s inspiring to meet so many people here whose lives have been changed by this service.”
Zoe Lambert, a Maitland resident and Australian Hearing client, spoke of her experience with the service.
“The Australian Hearing staff have assisted me to improve my quality of life by being very supportive and providing me with my hearing devices. I can come into the centre and receive immediate help from any of the staff which has always relieved any anxiety I felt.”
Senator McLucas said it was important for people to have a regular hearing check.
“If anyone is concerned about their hearing, I encourage them to contact Australian Hearing Maitland who offer eligible adults free hearing checks.”
Australian Hearing is a leading provider of hearing services for children, young adults, pensioners, veterans and Indigenous people in the community.
For more information about Australian Hearing visit www.hearing.com.au or call 131 797.
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