HOME & Away star Lynne McGranger likes to keep fit - and that includes keeping her hearing fit too.
Lynne features in a new video that calls on older Aussies to embrace their hearing health as an extension of their fitness regime.
The video, by Australian Hearing, combines fitness with some of the everyday frustrations experienced by those with hearing difficulties. It is designed to act as trigger to those experiencing the first signs of hearing loss.
Research shows older Australians today are generally healthier and more active than their peers 25 years ago. However, maintaining hearing fitness isn't a priority, with people waiting an average of seven years to take a hearing check.
"I might have just turned 65, but I'm fitter than ever!" Lynne said.
"I love the idea of getting involved in this campaign because, like so many of my friends, we are committed to our Pilates and other fitness goals, but hearing definitely takes a back seat.
"I've also experienced the impact of hearing issues first hand, with my daughter noticing me struggling to hear when we're in a crowded restaurant or shopping centre."
Take Lynne's advice - www.hearinghelp.com.au/stay-hearing-fit
Test your ears at 60 years
MEANWHILE, hearing awareness went bananas during Hearing Awareness Week from February 25-March 3.
Why? Research by the Global Centre for Hearing and Speech Research has found links between nutritional deficiencies (including low levels of potassium, zinc, folic acid and magnesium) and hearing loss.
Low levels of potassium are particularly significant, as potassium-rich fluids found in the middle ear play a crucial role in converting sounds.
And, of course, bananas are a good source of potassium.
During Hearing Awareness Week, AudioClinic, HearingLife, Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions and Western Hearing Services hosted Go Bananas events, handing out free bananas while encouraging those over 60 to test their ears at 60 years.
Find out more - www.campaignforbetterhearing.com.au