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January 3, 2006

Workers urged to get hearing test by union

From: Glasgow Evening Times - Glasgow,Scotland,UK - Jan 3, 2006

A CAMPAIGN was launched today to encourage the UK's 28million workers to check their hearing.

On the day when most staff return to work after the festive break, the TUC union is giving its backing to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf's Breaking the Sound Barrier initiative.

The scheme uses a telephone test to tell people concerned about their hearing whether they should seek help.

The TUC urged employers to allow staff time at work to take the five-minute hearing check by calling 0845 600 55 55.

The RNID phone line, launched shortly before Christmas, features a messages recorded by TV star Eamonn Holmes.

It is designed to let callers know if they are among the estimated four million people in the UK who could benefit from wearing a hearing aid, but have done nothing about it.

Research by pollsters MORI shows almost half of Britain's adults believe embarrassment prevents people with hearing difficulties seeking help.


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