A new facility that will provide an independent service for people with hearing difficulties has been officially opened in Buckie by a local MSP.
Stewart Stevenson opened the Cluny Square base for Moray Hearing Care, who will provide audiology services using the latest available technology.
Mr Stevenson joined owner Jo Farquhar in opening the centre which will provide hearing tests, screening for industry and individuals and deaf awareness training.
Moray Hearing Care will also supply hearing aids and repair existing systems as well as providing audiotory training and lipreading lessons.
After opening the centre Mr Stevenson said: “I’m delighted to open this excellent facility and wish Jo every success in her venture.
“This hearing centre is very important, not only to Buckie, but also the surrounding area. I’m in the fortunate position of having regular hearing tests through this I have witnessed the degrading of my hearing over the years.
“The facility we have here in Buckie will help people extend their hearing as long as possible and I would urge people to make use of it.”
Jo Farquhar has worked in the industry for 35 years before becoming the director of the new practice. She said: “If you get a bad leg, say, you can easily see what’s wrong, but that’s not the case with deafness – you can’t just look at someone and see that they’re deaf.
“I firmly believe we should be taking the same care of our hearing as we do of our eyes.
“People are prepared to have their eyes tested every two years and the same should be true of their hearing.”