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Mark Hunter MP urges Cheadle shoppers to 'check out' their hearing health

November 9, 2009 5:45 PM
Mark at the co-op on Gillbent Road

Mark at the co-op on Gillbent Road

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter is supporting a call from The Co-operative and charity RNID, for Cheadle shoppers to value their hearing health.

Mark recently visited the local Co-operative Food Store opposite his office on Gillbent Road to encourage customers to take RNID's free five-minute Hearing Check, which helps identify whether you have a hearing loss.

With the support of its members and customers, The Co-operative aims to raise more than £2 million in 2009 for RNID. RNID is hoping to encourage everyone to check their hearing during its year as The Co-operative charity of the year. Anyone can check their hearing now by calling 0844 800 3838 or visiting www.rnid.org.uk/123 for the free online hearing check.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Many people don't realise how vital their hearing is in everyday situations until they start to lose it.

"RNID estimate that as many as one in seven of us have a hearing loss, so I am delighted to support The Co-operative and RNID in their efforts to encourage Cheadle residents to value their hearing health by taking their Hearing Check."

RNID's Chief Executive, Jackie Ballard, says: "On average, it can take someone up to 15 years to deal with their hearing loss, and in that time, a person's quality of life can be greatly reduced. We greatly appreciate the support of Mark Hunter MP and The Co-operative in encouraging people to value their hearing health and start addressing any hearing loss to avoid experiencing unnecessary isolation from friends, family and their community."