AIHHP Member Bringing hearing to Romania

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Vicki Skeels, owner of The Hearing Care Centre in Colchester and who also serves on AIHHP’s council, spent a week in Romania at the end of October 2013, carrying out hearing related charity work for two charities: The Christiana Association in Brasov & The Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation in Bucharest.

Vicki and Dr Ella Carmaciu, The Hearing Care Centre’s new micro-suction specialist (who comes from Romania), and their teenage children visited Brasov and Bucharest, where they provided free ear examinations, hearing tests and micro-suction/wax removal, along with fitting old hearing aids donated by clients and the Lions Club. The aids were refurbished in the UK by prison inmates, as part of a rehabilitation programme. Phonak kindly supplied the batteries and Arlington Labs has produced brand new ear moulds for each patient.

‘People usually think of children with charity work in Romania, but the old people there are just as vulnerable,’ Vicki explains. ‘Many are alone, as their children often leave the country to find better work. They have no state benefits and a meagre pension, so cannot afford hearing aids if they lose their hearing.

‘We fitted about 55 aids over just a few days. It was intense, but so rewarding to see the joy these little devices could bring. Many of the recipients heard properly for the first time in decades, and their emotions often brought tears to our eyes. We are already planning to return next year.’

Editorial Contact:
Nancy Usher, The Hearing Care Centre
Tel: 01206 760839
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Email: marketing@skeelshearing.co.uk

About The Hearing Care Centre

The Hearing Care Centre is a multi-award winning private hearing aid clinic based at 3B Headgate, Colchester, serving the hard-of-hearing population across North and Mid Essex. It fits the latest in hi-tech digital hearing aids from a range of top manufacturers, also providing specialist hearing assessments and other related services.

Established by Vicki Skeels RHAD FSHAA in 1998, the Centre has since grown to include a number of satellite clinics in the surrounding region and a team of fully qualified, independent hearing aid audiologists/dispensers.

Professional staff are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, BSHAA (British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists) and AIHHP (Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals). The Centre is also an AIHHP Centre of Excellence and has been accredited by the BSHAA customer service scheme.