According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, hearing loss and tinnitus are in the top three of the most commonly accepted health conditions experienced by veterans. This is likely due to a combination of noise exposure sustained during service and the fact that hearing loss prevalence increases with age.
Thanks to RSLWA, a new state of the art service hub called ANZAC House Veteran Central will see West Australian veterans and their families enjoy a new era of support, housing a range of services important to veteran health.
Ear Science Institute of Australia (ESIA) – which powers the Lions Hearing Clinics throughout WA, have partnered with RSLWA and are set with the all-important task of reducing the impact of hearing loss for Veterans and their families at this revolutionary new health hub site.
Ear Science Institute Australia CEO Sandra Bellekom says, “Unfortunately mortar explosions and gunfire are part and parcel of a career in Defence, and as a result hearing loss can hit veterans hard. Veteran Central means they can access the services they need to meet their individual hearing needs in a safe and supportive environment, surrounded by their mates.
“Research shows that untreated hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment, poor quality of life, social isolation, depression, anxiety and even dementia. However, if hearing loss is addressed via a hearing aid or cochlear implant, it can lead to improved hearing-related and general-health related quality of life.”
The Lions Hearing Clinic will be providing Veterans and their families with comprehensive hearing assessments, hearing aids, hearing protection, tinnitus rehabilitation, cochlear implants and other hearing implants. The qualified team of audiologists will guide each Veteran from assessment to the right and most appropriate hearing solution.
Sandra adds, “We are thrilled to be able to work with other Veteran organisations to better serve such a deserving population. Working together to support Veterans will ensure a better health outcome and quality of life for them and their families.”
Ear Science Institute Australia Chairman of Trustees, George Jones, who himself is a veteran, suffers with severe hearing loss and a balance disorder. George says, “Hearing is vital to keeping us connected. This new Lions Hearing Clinic means it has never been easier for veterans of all ages to access hearing services in a place they feel supported and protected.”
Joining Ear Science Institute Australia at Veteran House will be other top medical and allied health practitioners, chosen for their passion and understanding of what Veterans need. These include GP Practice Veteran Health Solutions, Veteran Dental WA, Salvado Veterans looking after mental wellness and Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling.
In addition to the medical services there will be social facilities for those in need or who just want to gather with family and mates in the true spirit of ANZAC, as well as space for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other Ex-Service Organisations doing life changing work for Veterans.