Woman, 108, must wait 18 months for hearingaid

A 108-year-old woman has been told by her local NHS hospital that she must wait at least 18 months before she receives a new hearing aid.

Olive Beal’s 5-year-old analogue hearingaid is no longer effective and she needs a digital version that cuts out background noise and makes conversation easier. She visited her local NHS hospital and after a hearing test was told, “yes, she does need a digital hearing aid, but there is an 18-month waiting list” – too which she replied, “I could be dead by then”!

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