A pack of pawfect pups charmed visitors at Specsavers Exeter as part of a week-long series of celebrations.
The store was marking 20 years of audiology care, with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People playing a key role in the party-like proceedings.
The charity trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss, and its members were keen to give demonstrations to store staff and customers.
As part of the store’s celebrations, staff organised a fundraising raffle in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, with a hamper and other prizes on offer.
There were also cakes and a decorative arch of balloons provided by Exeter company Streamers, as well as a fun-loving person dressed as a giant ear, entertaining people on the high street.
Donna Morgan, director of audiology for Exeter Specsavers Hearcare, says: ‘We had a great time. Everyone loved to see the dogs. They got lots and lots of fuss and had a lovely time.
‘Although we enjoyed their visit immensely, there was also a serious side to them coming in. Hearing dogs do make a very real difference to deaf people’s lives, and having them in the store was a lovely way to raise awareness about the importance of people looking after their hearing.
‘Hearing changes over time, which is why people experience different types of loss at different stages in life. Despite this, many people often ignore the signs of hearing loss, often because they are concerned about being judged by others.
‘People should certainly get their hearing checked if they notice any change in their hearing, regardless of their age.’
As well as Exeter, the Specsavers Hearcare staff cover Exmouth, Honiton, Teignmouth and Sidmouth. They can provide earwax removal, hearing aids and a free hearing check.
Donna says there are several tell-tale signs that could indicate a person has hearing loss. These include:
• Finding it difficult to listen to conversations or the TV when there’s background noise.
• Difficulty speaking and hearing people on the phone, even in a quiet room.
• Asking others to repeat themselves often, or it sounds like they’re mumbling.
• Finding it hard to keep up with conversation when in group situations.
• Feeling stressed or tired from having to concentrate while listening.
• Family members saying the TV is too loud, or that you’re shouting.
• Loved ones hinting that you’re finding it difficult to hear too.
For further information, call 01392 223772.
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