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      Hearing aids are a lifeline

      Read what people with hearing loss have to say about how important to them their hearing aids are.

      The personal stories that people have shared with us about the importance of their hearing aids have played a pivotal role in our campaign to protect NHS hearing aids.

      People have told us time and again that their hearing aids are a lifeline to them. The threat to their provision in North Staffordshire alone prompted over 4,000 people to share their stories with us.

      We presented some of the most powerful stories in an appeal to the county Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), so that commissioners could fully understand the human impact of what they were proposing.

      Now, we'd like to share them with you.

      What's at stake?
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      My hearing aids are my lifeline
      If you don't have hearing loss it's hard to imagine not being able to order a coffee in a café, not being able to speak to your grandchildren or to hear the phone ring or to enjoy your favourite television programme. Without hearing aids, things like this, that can be taken for granted, may become impossible for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
      Getting help at the right time
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      The older you get the harder it is to adapt
      The longer that hearing loss is left unaddressed, the harder it is for people to adjust to using hearing aids. Coping strategies may become irreversible, or the physical experience of using hearing aids may prove too overwhelming after years of struggling without them.
      Quality of life
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      My NHS hearing aids have transformed my life

      Hearing aids vastly improve people’s quality of life, reducing the impact of hearing loss and allowing them to continue living life to the full.

      Here are just a handful of the thousands of powerful and often moving responses we’ve received from people telling us, quite simply, that hearing aids make life worth living.

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      There are a lot of people out there who cannot afford to buy privately, and by not supplying hearing aids surely the NHS will be impacting more seriously on people's lives and health in the long run - which will end up costing them even more.
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      I began to lose hearing when I was 30 and pregnant. Had I not been given hearing aids, I would not have coped with raising my family or work. I would have lost my confidence and family and friends would have lost patience with me.
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      It is crucial to acclimatise early to hearing aids and get support and advice as soon as possible. I found it important to maintain contact with the things that people without hearing loss take for granted, such as to use phones, hear doorbells, alarms and traffic, and not be excluded from group chatter.