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Help for Hearing Impairment

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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  • I have a hearing impaired daughter who wears two hearing aids. She gets hers from the nhs. After having to ask they gave her cloured hearing aids and patterned moulds.
    I have had someone round and they gave me the smoke alarm, and loop system for hearing the tv better. they also said when she is older they will give her the alarm clock and telephone. i think they were from social services or something. maybe worth giving them a call.
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    Oh dear, reading all this about losing aids, my DF 'lost' his main aid (the one that makes a real difference!) and guess where I found it? IN THE WASHING MACHINE!! And yes, AFTER the wash cycle was complete! Am hoping it might recover but if not have to admit am seriously tempted to not mention why its not working when I get him back to Audiololgy! Is this very naughty???
    In case you are all wondering, he is in the habit of leaving his aids in his shirt top pocket...........:eek:
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    Alarm Clock - Having spent a good 12 years relying on hearing aids and parents waking me up for school, Social Services provided me one. This is only because one of my school teachers thought I was missing out on some of my lessons and managed to get in contact with someone (dunno where from) for a radio mike. I somehow managed to get one on loan and then got in touch with SS and got alarm clock and TV loop although the loop is more hassle than its worth with subtitles on freeview, sky and DVDs nowadays. I am also told they will also repair it if it is broken!

    Fire Systems and smoke alarms - great idea but I am forewarned that they will put wires around your home in conduits that are visible. My parents are not one for liking this and as I lived in their house I have never taken this route.

    Mobile phones - Theres a nokia somewhere that you can buy a loop for and house phones to amplify the incoming speaker and ring.

    Hearing aid batteries - I've had these free for life from hospitals. However I'm working full time and my local new Super Hospital audiology department is only open monday till Friday 9am till 5pm. After asking the security guards on Saturday morning (whose suggestion was to take a days holiday to get new batteries) I sent in a complaints card and the reply (a month later) is that if I send a self addressed stamped envelope they will send me some! Who knows when I will get my next mould! (Maybe because I'm a tax payer I have to send my ears in and a self addressed envelope). I've always fancied a coloured one 'cause lets face it the clear one kinda goes browny yellow at the end of the day. Why don't they just make em all opaque not clear!

    Anyways I posted on my local works forum asking for a clinic that provided batteries and someone replied saying I had to go to a city 10miles away.
    I wish they'd set a website up so that we could look up where we can take our little brown book to get batteries. Anyways after working for 5 years and not knowing I went into a local surgery to ask and they told me I could get batteries round the corner! Fancy that!

    The audiology department last time I went in now has to specify why you want a new mould to cut down on the number of people who get new ones. However there are things that you can get new moulds for even though you don't really need a new one. I managed to get one before I got married. I mean fancy white wedding photos with a brown mould eeeugh yuk! I wonder if it works if I'm going for a job interview?! Anyone tried?

    Its better to go to uni and complete a degree course as most of the modern devices are supplied out of DSA and are yours to keep if you complete the course. They provide travel alarms, door knockers, vibratin alarms for halls of residence, radio microphones - probably £2Ks worth a set and you can also get a computer if you struggle to use libraries because the computers make humming noises, and the library detectors screech. Even notetaking support to help make sure you've got everything down on paper! I got a friend to do mine and she was very grateful to have the job as a student because it helped pay her rent on her student accommodation and all she had to do was let me photocopy her lecture notes.

    I've always thought myself lucky as I'd much rather be deaf than blind. I would certainly miss TV and driving. My friends call me a pensioner for having a bus pass for life.

    The equal opportunities that the job centre is something or nothing, I mean I never know whether to state I'm disabled when applying for a job on the council. Would you really want to waste time to go for a job interview if you werent going to get it anyways, becasue they simply were obligated to interview you. Last week I was appalled that my local public planning committee meetings don't have loop systems. How ridiculous is that and where is the DDA when you need it?
  • Hi, I am a new user so not quite sure what I am doing:confused: but this is a great thread, so glad you started it, it was badly needed:j I did see a vibrating alarm clock to put under the pillow in TK Maxx today, I think it was only £4.99 or thereabouts. Of course it is the luck of the draw in there as to whether they have any! The fire brigade were visiting the houses in my area, (north east) to install smoke alarms etc. They said they gave out vibrating alarms for under the pillow too, but mostly if you lived or slept alone as they were more expensive.
    I also would like to point out that if you wear a hearing aid you can apply for a disabled rail card which entitles you AND any one travelling with you to 1/3rd off most fares. The card costs £18 (it might have gone up a bit since I renewed mine in July) I only had to send my brown book with the payment to get it. You can get an application for at any station or apply online. Hope this helps someone.
    P.S. I am having a bit of trouble working out the abreviations, but I guess I will get used to them:rotfl:
  • P.S. If you lose a hearing aid here I think you have to pay £60 to get it replaced, hope this helps.
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    Oh dear, reading all this about losing aids, my DF 'lost' his main aid (the one that makes a real difference!) and guess where I found it? IN THE WASHING MACHINE!! And yes, AFTER the wash cycle was complete! Am hoping it might recover but if not have to admit am seriously tempted to not mention why its not working when I get him back to Audiololgy! Is this very naughty???
    In case you are all wondering, he is in the habit of leaving his aids in his shirt top pocket...........:eek:
    I don't know if it's the same with hearing aids, but certainly with mobile phones there is an indicator strip which shows whether the phone's been drowned or not. So if you don't 'fess up, you may then have to play the innocent when they say "It looks as if this has been in water."
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  • Anyone with a hearing impairment is entitled to a needs led assessment through their local Social Services deaf or sensory impairment team. Ring your local social services offices and ask where you can get a Needs Led Assessment from. This should entitle you to equipment like TV loop systems, door bells, smoke alarm systems if you live alone or you live with another deaf person, mobile phones or minicoms or some counties provide amplified phones.

    You can also claim DLA if you are under 65 and AA if you are over 65 for a hearing impairment. You will have to go to the appeal stage but it will be worth it to get the benefit you are entitled to. RNID can help with advice on how to complete the forms.

    Also if you are in work you are entitled to an Access to Work assessment which can provide you with equipment to assist you at work, ie amplified phones, minicom, mobile phone for text messages only, alert systems for the fire alarms and a support worker or interpreter or speech to text reporter (dont know what that is then I can explain it to you if you want) to support you with communication if that is a difficult area for you. And dont be fobbed off if you do need support with Access to Work telling you you are only entitled to 2 hours a day 2 days a week. If you work full time and you need communication suport during the day because you dont know what people are telling you you have to tell them that. It is your right to understand EVERYTHING that a person is telling you not just 2% through lipreading or asking a person to write things down.

    Hope this helps
    Tina
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    The funniest thing I ever saw on live subtitles was when the Pope reportedly 'fell on his niece'
    (It was supposed to say 'knees')
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  • Oh dear, reading all this about losing aids, my DF 'lost' his main aid (the one that makes a real difference!) and guess where I found it? IN THE WASHING MACHINE!! And yes, AFTER the wash cycle was complete! Am hoping it might recover but if not have to admit am seriously tempted to not mention why its not working when I get him back to Audiololgy! Is this very naughty???
    In case you are all wondering, he is in the habit of leaving his aids in his shirt top pocket...........:eek:

    As we seem to be 'fessing up' :A- I dropped one of mine in a car-park and found it an hour later when I went back to look for it - all smashed up on the road... :eek: I also broke one when I was out at a theme-park - I went on a roller-coaster without giving it a second thought,, and I hit the side of my head on the restraining bar which pushed the hearing aid into my ear, cracked the casing and bruised my ear canal - OUCH! Fortunately they were still under warranty and I got them fixed ;)
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    The funniest thing I ever saw on live subtitles was when the Pope reportedly 'fell on his niece'
    (It was supposed to say 'knees')
    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:


    lol :rotfl:

    and subtitles for a news article this evening, about new medical help for people in the 'early stages of M&S' ...... obviously some new form of shopping addiction :D
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