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108 year old woman having to wait 18 months for a new hearing aid

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NAB3 · 30/07/2007 13:43

I know it isn't right but isn't there someone who could buy her one privately? Where's her family?

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TheQueenOfQuotes · 30/07/2007 13:45

Perhaps she doesn't have any? Maybe she was single (we had 2 ladies at the home I work at who never married, therefore no chidlren/grandchildren). Perhaps she was married but shes' out lived her children (and maybe even grandchildren?). Perhaps her family can't afford it - they're VERY expensive.

WigWamBam · 30/07/2007 13:46

They can be really, really expensive bought privately - they can cost thousands of pounds. Far beyond the purses of a lot of people.

But it's definitely not right that she should have to wait.

beansprout · 30/07/2007 13:46

Not everyone has the option of going private - hence the NHS!!

TheQueenOfQuotes · 30/07/2007 13:47

I seem to recall that my grandad's one cost about £2000 - and that was about 2yrs ago!

paulaplumpbottom · 30/07/2007 13:47

Thats awful, was she completely deaf without it?

TheMuppetMuggle · 30/07/2007 13:54

My mums ones cost about £3000.

TheMuppetMuggle · 30/07/2007 13:55

We all scrimped and saved to get them as she would of had to wait months on NHS

TheMoistWorldOfSeptimusQuench · 30/07/2007 14:01

I'm currently trying to deal with this issue for one of my clients. She is 97, and totally isolated by her hearing impairment.

She had the appointment in December, but Audiology have said it could be up to 2 years before she gets her aid. She will very likely die before she is given the chance to have a normal conversation again or hear her great-grandchildren's voices. GP agrees it is a f*cking disgrace, but can't do anything to influence matters.

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