A NEW specialist NHS audiology service – Chime Torbay – has been launched in the Bay.
Located in Croft Hall Medical Practice on Croft Road in Torquay, it offers free, professional audiology services for adults, from initial hearing assessments to the supplying and fitting of hearing aids.
This is the 14th Chime audiology service in Devon and its team of experts – which boasts over 275 years combined specialist audiology experience – will be available to treat and advise adults concerned about their hearing.
Tony Osborn, specialist audiologist and manager of Chime Torbay said: "Research shows that although 1 in 10 adults in the UK would benefit from the use of hearing aids, only 1 in 30 currently wear them.
"We hope, by bringing Chime's expertise to Torbay, it will encourage more people to do something about hearing health.
"All hearing loss is worth investigating even in its mildest form, so if you think you or someone you know is experiencing some degree of hearing impairment, seek help."
It is estimated that there are around 56,000 people living in Torbay and the surrounding area with undiagnosed hearing problems, with this figure expected to rise to 80,000 by 2031.