Colleen Carter of Lancaster Ontario Wants More Done to Help Hearing Impaired Seniors

Colleen Carter of Lancaster Ontario Wants More Done to Help Hearing Impaired Seniors

hearing aidEach and everyday we should count our blessings, particularly when we can communicate with friends and family. There are however many who do not have this privilege. They are our elderly seniors living in retirement homes with little to no financial aid.  They are the hearing impaired.

 

Their daily lives are wrapped in silence, unable to hear or communicate. This has a dramatic effect on their quality of life, leading to social isolation and depression.

 

Simple things we take for granted, like talking on the phone, communicating with friends and family and watching a TV program are denied to them.

 

Hearing impairment is often unrecognized and the most under treated health disorder for our ailing seniors.

 

Isn’t it ironic that those who have contributed to society all of their lives are denied  this basic right, yet prisoners  have full access to hearing aids in prison.

 

Something must be done to correct this unfair and unjust situation.

 

Colleen Carter – Lancaster Ontario

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Eric
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The province allows something like 500 dollars per device each 3 or 4 years, and the cost for some of them has come down. http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/GetFileAttach/014-3224-67E~6/$File/3224-67E_Hearing%20Aids_info.pdf

Certainly when you read the LCBO has an annual net 1.6 billion dollars going to the government general revenue, more can be done to help our seniors.

Darcy Neal
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Hearing is a private personal matter. I am completely death in my right ear and have about 60% of normal hearing in my left ear. I purchased my own cross over hearing aid and must keep feeding it batteries at my own expense. My hearing is not your responsibility and your hearing is not my responsibility. But if out of the willingness of your kindness, you want to provide hearing aids to semi death individuals (not just seniors) go right ahead and do it at your own risk, reward and expenses. Asking potential community members to assist and potential raise… Read more »
Jeff
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Hi Colleen, Good letter to the editor. But first, let me briefly address the 2 responses that were posted. Thanks Eric – good gov’t link. Thanks Darcy – good point that it shouldn’t be a ‘responsibility’ to help. And nice to see the word ‘edutainment’ being used. Incidentally, just so you know, it’s a common mistake to refer to ‘deaf’ as ‘death’. – Though when you think about it – a complete lost of hearing is the death of hearing. — Colleen, some great points and I think your letter did have the effect of increasing awareness of this issue… Read more »
Dawn Ford
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I personally do not see it as taking over someone’s responsibility to help provide them with something so basic as a hearing aid when they cannot do it themselves. To the contrary, I see it as my responsibility as a human being to help someone in need just as I do to contribute money and food to the Agape Center for those who cannot provide themselves with basic needs such as food and clothing. As a matter of fact, on these cold nights my heart goes out to the homeless since we do not have a shelter for them and… Read more »
sue
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Dawn, thanks to your response many more people will have to rethink their one sided opinions.
‘keep it up , you are doing great work in sensitizing many more persons who will in time think of others…..

Rose winslet
Guest

Hearing aids are definitely contagious. The best thing to do is if you want to listen to the same song that someone with hearing aids is listening to, is to try to turn their hearing aids all the way down without them noticing.
Reference: http://www.hiddenhearing.ie/free-hearing-test

Michel David
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Help for Deaf and hard of hearing citizens of the SDG is now available. The Canadian Hearing Society is opening an office in Cornwall on Montreal Street. Our Vision is a society where people are respected; have full access to communication; and are able to participate without social, economic or emotional barriers.

If you share that vision and wish to volunteer and help us achieve it, please contact us 1-877-866-4445 http://www.chs.ca/locations/cornwall

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