Audiologist Jacqui Wilson will be testing residents hearing after the new location for the Australian Hearing Centre was opened in Ballina.
Audiologist Jacqui Wilson will be testing residents hearing after the new location for the Australian Hearing Centre was opened in Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

‘What did you say?’ Check your hearing at new Ballina centre

A BALLINA hearing centre for pensioners and Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders aged over 50 has moved into new and more convenient premises.

Australian Hearing's new centre at 3/95 Tamar St replaces its "temporary" base it operated out of in Martin St for eight years.

Eligible recipients can get a free hearing test and hearing aid.

Australian Hearing audiologist Jacqui Wilson said recent research showed hearing aids had more benefits than just improving hearing.

"It has shown people who wear hearing aids have less cognitive decline," she said.

"Cognitive decline, we believe, is associated with disease of the mind, like dementia and Alzheimer's."

The findings come from a 25-year study conducted in France.

"We're all growing older and we want to be able to live full and useful lives, so our cognitive skills are something we need to keep as healthy and strong as possible," Ms Wilson said.

A hearing test is non-invasive and takes less than 15 minutes.

Australian Hearing Lismore/ Ballina manager Mark Wilson said there was high demand for a hearing centre in Ballina, one of the reasons it was the first Australian Hearing centre to open in 2016.

"The demand was here and it would have happened sooner but it was about finding the right spot," he said.

"It needed to be close to public transport, and it's right next to radiology, it's up the road from pathology and there's good parking."

Over 69 years, Australian Hearing has opened 142 centres around Australia.

The Far North Coast now has three permanent centres in Lismore, Tweed Heads and Ballina.

Services for children will continue to run predominantly from the centre in Lismore.



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