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Mom keeps losing her hearing aids - advice?

My mom is in a nursing home and has Alzheimer's. She came into the center with hearing aids and being able to take them out and put them in. Then a few months ago they went missing. The nursing home paid for a new pair and now they are missing. My mother complains that she cannot hear well and wonders if "something can't be done" to help her hear better.
Status: Open    May 08, 2015 - 09:02 AM

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Jul 13, 2016 - 01:00 PM

Shirley is certainly correct. The answer for this is a hearing aid leash. It attaches to both hearing aids and clips to the wearers clothing.


May 25, 2015 - 10:23 PM

We had this problem too. In less than ten months, four hearing aids were lost, but our Mom was not able to put her aids in; the staff was supposed to do it. Working with our audiologist, the final pair was adapted by adding a clear plastic cord that connects the two aid, and has a clip strung on it. In effect the aids are clipped to her clothes and so far it seems to be working! If on aid is not put in correctly and falls out; it doesn't get lost, it just sits on her shoulder. Also it is possible to get hearing aid insurance; ESCO is the company we use. You are lucky that the nursing home paid for a new pair; most don't.
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