Hearing management

Updated 09 November 2015

'I want to meet Taylor Swift before I go deaf'

A 12-year-old Taylor Swift fan is losing her hearing and would love nothing more than to meet her favourite singer before she goes completely deaf.

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A 12-year-old girl from Australia, whose hearing is deteriorating, would like to meet Taylor Swift before she becomes completely deaf.

Jorja Hope, from East Maitland in Australia, was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), which will slowly worsen over time, according to Refinery 29

She was born prematurely and, as a result, has suffered a number of complications. She has already had a number of surgeries on her ears, the Maitland Mercury writes.

SNHL is one of the most commonly-occurring forms of hearing loss and occurs when their is damage to the structures of the inner ear, and can be caused by a number of different factors including malformation of the inner ear, The American Speech, Language and Hearing Association explains.

In most cases, SNHL cannot be corrected through surgery or other medical interventions.

Jorja already has 45 decibels (dB) of hearing loss and is classified as having moderate hearing loss. She was recently fitted with a hearing aid.

When Jorja was told that her hearing loss would be permanent, one of her first responses was, "I won't be able to hear Taylor Swift sing."

jorja hope wants to meet taylor swift

Jorja (left) with her twin sister Chloe (Image via Facebook)

One of Jorja's only wishes was to be able to meet Taylor Swift when she performs in Sydney on the 28th of November. 

Jorja's parents have already managed to get tickets for her and her twin sister, Chloe, to go to the concert, but now Chloe would like to help her sister actually meet her favourite star.

Chloe decided to set up a Facebook page called Help Jorja meet Taylor swift in Sydney 2015 which she hopes will go viral and attract Taylor Swift's attention.

Taylor Swift is known to have a big heart when it comes to her fans and those in need. Last year she visited a leukaemia patient in hospital and sang with him as he played the keyboard.

The Facebook page is growing quickly and has already received over 3 500 likes. Taylor Swift has yet to respond to Jorja's wish.

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Hearing Expert

Francis Slabber is a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist who has owned and run The Hearing Clinic in Wynberg, Cape Town for the last 17 years. Francis and her team have extensive experience in fitting and supplying hearing aids as well as assistive living devices. Francis has served as the Western Cape Chairperson for the South African Association of Audiologists for three years and has given many talks on the topic of hearing loss and amplification. The Hearing Clinic has a special interest in adult and geriatric hearing impairment, hearing aid fittings and hearing rehabilitation.

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