After having a cochlear implant operation and fitted with a BAHA hearing aid about 17 years ago, I lost the aid. I am completely deaf in my right ear due to a road accident when I was 6 years old. I lost the aid about 3 years ago and have done without since then. Shortly after I lost it I phoned the hospitals ENT (ear, nose and throat) depart where I was told that it would cost the NHS £2000 to replace. I felt so guilty afterward and phoned them back to cancel any order for a replacement saying that I wish the money to be spent on more important things beneficial to the NHS. Have I done the right thing? I miss having my hearing aid.
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