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By Justin Flynn

Dozens of Ocean Grove golfers were the recipients of free hearing tests last week.
After playing their regular round on a windy Friday morning, the golfers were greeted with a Bloom Hearing Specialists’ campervan all kitted out for state-of-the-art hearing tests.
It’s Hearing Awareness Week from 20 to 26 August and Bloom Hearing Specialists’ Steve Carroll said it was important to look after your hearing.
“We wanted to get out there and start supporting Hearing Awareness Week and we thought ‘let’s get it out on the road’,” he said.
Bloom will set up a visiting site at the Bellarine Allied Health Group building on Guthridge Street with a hope of a more permanent site in the future.
The golfers were put through a short five-minute test, which was free, by responding to sounds on an iPad.
“You see hearing loss for a variety of reasons that can happen to people of all ages,” Mr Carroll said.
“A large chunk of our customer base are of retirement age, but there are worrying statistics regarding the agricultural industry.”
With Hearing Awareness Week on our doorstep, Mr Carroll said that getting to Ocean Grove was a step in the right direction.
“We encourage more discussion around it,” he said.
“Family, colleagues and friends are often more aware of someone’s hearing loss than the person themselves.”

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