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11 Jan 2006

Mom's hearing loss
My mother's (77 years) hearing has really deteriorate over the last years. She is such a social person and still very strong and independant and I can see that it does affect her, because she only hears part of a conversation. When there is a lot of people talking together she is completely lost in the conversation. One also has to repeat stuff loudly before she gets it. She will for instance hear only part of a word and then get the whole message of what your are trying to tell her wrong.
She doesn't have a medical aid and she is scared that a good hearing aid will cost a fortune. Furthermore she is scared that the aid will make squiking noises in her ears. Her brother has a hearing aid and he had numerous problems with it.
Where can she go for help? We stay in CT and she did say that when she comes to visit again she will go for a hearing test, but is worried about the cost of an aid.
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Hearing care

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mommy

It is always lovely to see family members concerned about their loved ones. I can assure you that hearing aids are a wonderful solution and there is no reason why she should struggle with communication. In your old age especially, communication is one of the greatest gifts. The first step for her would be to go and have her hearing evaluated. After the test the hearing professional would know the severity and the type of hearing problem as well as the possible solutions for it. There are several very good hearing aids on the market and the hearing professional will councel her and the family about her options.

Hearing aids are most effective nowadays and are very sophisticated and discreet.

If you need a referral to someone in your area in Cape Town please mail me at izabelle@widex.co.za and i will gladly refer you.

Hope to hear from you soon
kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse
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