WIMMERA residents can access free hearing tests when the Australian Hearing bus visits next week.
The bus will visit Horsham, Warracknabeal and Stawell.
The bus service launched in 2009 and has provided hearing checks to more than 40,000 people across Australia.
About 60 per cent of people aged 60 or over will experience some form of hearing loss.
Australian Hearing Horsham manager Ann Bongiorno said because age-related hearing loss developed gradually over time, it was common for people to be unaware their hearing was diminishing.
“A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear,” she said.
“Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you might have to take in regards to your hearing.
“Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid. Sometimes it’s just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that’s the problem.”
Ms Bongiorno said people did not need an appointment for a test.
The bus will also carry information about common hearing issues and a display of hearing devices.
It will be at Horsham Plaza on Tuesday from 9.30am to 3pm, at Warracknabeal’s information centre on Wednesday from 10am to 4.30pm, and at Brian Hancock’s Stawell Amcal Pharmacy on Thursday from 9am to 3.30pm.