Langford resident Aila-Tytti Smith was thrilled to receive free hearing aids after a recommendation from Carson Tiede of HearingLife Canada.

Langford resident Aila-Tytti Smith was thrilled to receive free hearing aids after a recommendation from Carson Tiede of HearingLife Canada.

The gift of hearing can be priceless

National non-profit's work makes a difference for Langford woman

It’s easy to take your sense of hearing for granted when it’s finely tuned. Whether due to the aging process, medical conditions or injury, some people require a hearing aid and that can be costly.

Langford resident Aila-Tytti Smith was able to get a pair for free, thanks to the National Campaign for Better Hearing. She received her new hearing aids March 17 valued at about $5,000 at the HearingLife Canada clinic at Forbes Pharmacy on Goldstream Avenue.

A test last August at the clinic determined she was having major hearing issues in both ears. Carson Tiede, a hearing instrument practitioner at the clinic, recommended Smith for free hearing aids through the national initiative.

“She demonstrated a real need, but couldn’t afford them,” Tiede explained.

Smith, who has cerebral palsy, said she was overwhelmed by being selected.

“Words can’t describe how thankful I am,” she said. “It’s an amazing difference, a significant improvement in my life.”

According to Sally Thompson, hearing specialist at Forbes Pharmacy the clinic is the first full hearing services clinic inside a pharmacy in the Capital Region.

“Our goal is to provide an overall approach to wellness for the community,” she said.

The National Campaign for Better Hearing is a non-profit organization partnered with HearingLife Canada and other hearing clinics through a network of 175 clinics across Canada.

The campaign raised more than $100,000 last year, with clinics donating $2 for every free hearing test conducted at their locations.

Twenty Canadians received free hearing aids in 2015, a number the organization hopes to double by increasing the donation to $4 per test this year.

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