Better Hearing Australia is funded by government grants, donations and membership fees. The mission of Better Hearing is “to help maximise the quality of life for all hearing impaired people”.
The group Better Hearing Australia Geelong evolved from a gathering of five people who received lip reading lessons in the Highton lounge room of their teacher, Betty Bade, in 1961.
Today, Better Hearing Australia’s Geelong branch continues to provide free hearing services in Geelong district and support for the hearing impaired and their families. It is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and reliant on grants, donations and membership fees to meet expenses, notably a part-time secretary’s salary and annual room rental. We do not receive any government funding whatsoever. That we have the funds to keep operating is mainly due to annual grants from Give Where You Live, which has generously supported us over the years.
Four professionally trained, highly qualified facilitators take weekly aural rehabilitation classes at Geelong West and Drysdale during school terms, on a roster basis. Sessions are conducted in a friendly supportive atmosphere.
Trained volunteer members also visit aged care and nursing homes to clean and check the working order of residents’ hearing aids.
Better Hearing Australia Geelong also offers hearing loss courses to help sufferers understand the nature of their hearing loss, some simple communication rules to follow and the benefits of our aural rehabilitation program. Courses are subject to the number of people interested. The branch also provides online hearing loss resources for people with hearing impairment.
Currently, Better Hearing Australia Geelong is undertaking an intense promotional awareness campaign in an effort to increase membership and develop a positive presence in Geelong. Members are available as guest speakers to speak about hearing loss to service clubs, senior citizens groups and aged care training organisations such as the Gordon Institute, Karingal and Diversitat and any interested group.
We are the only free aural rehabilitation group in Geelong. We pride ourselves on the dedicated support we give to hearing loss sufferers, their families, friends and the Geelong community and welcome inquiries. Contact Better Hearing Australia Geelong branch for more information or read the group's frequently asked questions page. You can also read personal accounts of hearing loss services in Geelong.