A Stolen Sense of Hearing
Looking through my daily hearing-industry news feed, I came upon a story about a young South African girl who is struggling after her hearings aids were snatched from her ears. She had been playing in a park when a man walked by and committed the crime. Police believe the thief mistook the hearing aids for earplugs or a Bluetooth device.
Finding it hard to believe that a grown man would risk theft charges for a pair of pink earplugs, and wondering why he would target a four-year-old girl as a Bluetooth user, I suspect the thief saw an opportunity to make away with an expensive set of stylish hearing aids.
Considering the cost of today's hearing aid technology, it made me wonder if this time if crime is common. So I ask you: How prevalent is this problem in your practice area? What tips do you offer your patients to protect their hearing aids from theft? What other types of hearing-related technology is vulnerable to theft? Please share your experiences.