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    Aggie
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    G.G. It is most unusual for a female to be able to get ACC assistance for hearing aids. What was your mother’s occupation?

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    Aggie, my hearing is poor, because I worked at Feltex Carpet Factory on the looms in 1959-60; the noise was horrendous. I probably would have qualified for hearing aids before they tightened up the criteria. Perhaps I should try GG’s mother’s hearing aids!

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    Oh, Desi, if I hadn’t have already mentioned mum’s hearing aids to my friend at church I’d have sent them your way. 🙁

    I wish the government would consider a `cut off’ point, because those our age will have worked in places that were extremely noisy.

    My mum operated a bottling machine. From the mid 60s to the late 70’s she was the only person in New Zealand operating the machine that bottled `Roses Lime Juice’.

    She’d cart all the bottles from outside (they just sat out in the yard open to all weathers) 🙁 loaded them onto a machine that squirted hot water on them (the old fashioned way of sterilising) 😀 then she’d load each bottle individually, watch it’s filling and capping then hand label each bottle.

    You’d be amazed at how many wetas and the like were bottled, then just fished out with the juice thrown back in the vat for re-bottling. 😯

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    I just wondered Desi and G.G. have an elderly friend who collected eggs for years and the noise in those chook sheds was horrendous. She tried a couple of times but was turned down.:(
    Meanwhile, my man got his no probs. Wore them for a couple of years, then when the last batch of grandies came along, stopped wearing them. Reckons he can hear ok without them. I think it is the high pitch of the grandies voices.:roll:
    He gets some things hilariously wrong. We were at a urinary clinic at the hospital, specialist asked if he “had any trouble when he coughed”. Reply “I don’t drink coffee.” He’s never lived that one down:lol:
    It has got to the stage where we are all sick of it. He says he doesn’t like wearing them because he gets dermatits in his ears. I just say that he can’t be the only one with that problem, get on with it. In desparation I rang the place where he got them from, the other day. He should have been seen regularly for check ups :x:x And, is eligible for new ones next year.:shock: I know they cost just over $10,000. That is what annoys me, the fact that he got them free and is not using them to his advantage. 😡
    I know I don’t have full hearing any more. I am quite sure my hearing was damaged by cicadas in Oz about 5 years ago. It had to be the worst season they had had for them since my son had been in the area, about 12 years:oops::oops: I know I couldn’t hear as well when I came home after a month. I don’t think ACC would play ball with that one when they wouldn’t with Frances and her chooks.:P
    Well, that’s my beef for the night, going to do some knitting. Nite-nite

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    My mum had to go for hearing tests for 8 years. Each time she was turned down. Her hearing was getting progressively worse.

    Then, on the last visit to the hearing clinic the specialist declared `finally, Mrs …, you meet the criteria’. She was almost deaf in one ear by then. 😯

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    😀 @ Aggie’s husband.

    I know how infuriating it can be when you ask a question and get a silly response. It happened all the time in our household too. 🙄

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    GG I am pleased to ‘hear’ that they have found a good home. I was being a liitle facetious, my hearing is not that bad. My mother was talked into hearing aids that she didn’t need and doesn’t use – she saw the ads for free hearing tests and thought it would help fill in her day. 94 and rather trusting, she was an easy target.

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    New Zealand Audiological Society
    Thursday 17 June 2010

    NEW ROUND OF ACC CUTS HITTING THE OLD AND VULNERABLE
    BEING RAMMED THROUGH

    The Government is targeting the old and vulnerable with another round of rushed and ruthless ACC cuts that will hurt tens of thousands of New Zealanders who rely on ACC for their hearing aids.

    “The cuts mean that everyone with a noise induced hearing loss is going to lose out,” says Lesley Hindmarsh, President of the New Zealand Audiological Society.

    “ACC has always covered the full cost of the hearing assessment and hearing aids for people who have lost their hearing because of exposure to noise, regardless of how old they are. This is about to change.”

    The new plans mean the Government will no longer cover the full cost of the hearing aid needed by someone who has lost their hearing because of exposure to noise.

    “This impacts significantly on the elderly,” says Mrs Hindmarsh. “Many retirees have less money in their pockets as they get older, and the Government wants those with noise induced hearing loss to suddenly come up with the money to pay towards their hearing aids.

    “Noise induced hearing loss is a permanent disability. It doesn’t get fixed as you get older.

    “People with noise induced hearing loss can’t get half a hearing aid. If they don’t have the extra money to pay they will miss out completely,” she says.

    Submissions on the changes close this Friday (June 18).

    “Consultation on these changes is a farce. The New Zealand Audiological Society and a range of others have asked for more time to have our say but these requests have been rejected.

    “Workers in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are now paying the price of poor noise management practices in the workplace. Through no fault of their own these New Zealanders were subject to noisy and unsafe workplaces – the ACC no fault comprehensive cover recognised that.

    “The Government’s ruthlessness towards people with noise induced hearing loss knows no bounds – these rushed changes come on top of cuts to ACC cover for people with less than 6 percent hearing loss which take effect on 1 July,” says Mrs Hindmarsh.

    The New Zealand Audiological Society is the professional organisation representing qualified Audiologists and audiology in New Zealand http://www.audiology.org.nz.

    ENDS

    For further information please contact Lesley Hindmarsh phone 021 250 3964.

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    Hi the above came through to me from Greypower. So that is the full extent of what was said earlier from Bryan wasn’t it.;)
    When will it end aye??:?:?

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    That’s more than I knew, all I knew was that there were going to be cuts, and if you thought you needed an up date in your aids then better get it checked NOW, thing is with gradual change you don’t notice it and the clock won’t turn backwards. And also PLEASE write to not just your MP but all MP’s.

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