National campaign assists with hearing impairment

Abbotsford woman receives free hearing aids

Sandy Johnson of Abbotsford is pictured with Jeff Decosse

An Abbotsford woman has been selected to receive new hearing aids as part of the National Campaign for Better Hearing.

Sandy Johnson was nominated for the gift by Jeff Decosse, a hearing instrument practitioner in Abbotsford.

“We were confident when we met with Sandy that her hearing impairment could be resolved with hearing aids,” Decosse said. “It was evident that she was struggling to hear and this was causing a great deal of stress on her. As a former nurse who dedicated her life to helping others, we knew that Sandy was a perfect candidate for the campaign.”

Johnson said her hearing diminished over time and she wasn’t aware it was happening.

“I realized there was a significant issue when I was constantly having to ask people to repeat what they were saying to me. I began to worry and knew I needed to have this all checked out,” she said.

The Campaign for Better Hearing helps Canadians ages 60 and older to get a proper baseline hearing test for free and to begin annual monitoring of their hearing health.

More than 200 hearing clinics are participating across the country and all have committed to donating $4 for every hearing test in order to provide hearing aids to those who need them the most.

The goal of the campaign is to raise over $250,000 for hearing aids this year, representing more than 60,000 hearing tests.

Johnson said her new hearing aids have made a “world of difference” in her life.

“I didn’t realize exactly what I was missing until it was restored. I feel like I’m back to my normal self again,” she said.

For more information, visit CampaignForBetterHearing.org or call toll-free 1-888-850-5635.

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