Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

'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.


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."

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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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Dr Kara Hoffman graduated from UCT in 2004, thereafter she completed her year of community service in Durban. In 2010 she completed her Masters Degree in Paediatric Aural Rehabilitation from UKZN. In 2016, she became a Doctor of Audiology through the University of Arizona (ATSU). Dr Hoffman and her partner Lauren Thompson opened a fully diagnostic audiology practice called Thompson & Hoffman Audiology Inc. In 2011 with world-class technology and equipment to be able to offer the broad public all hearing-related services including hearing testing for adults and babies, vestibular (balance) assessments and rehabilitation, industrial audiology, hearing devices, central auditory processing assessments for school-aged children, school screening, neonatal hearing screening programmes at Alberlito and Parklands Hospital, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, medicolegal assessments and advanced electroacoustic assessments of hearing. Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. are based at Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, St Augustines Hospital in Durban and at 345 Essenwood Road, Musgrave. The practices are all wheelchair friendly. There are three audiologists that practice from Thompson & Hoffman – including Dr Kara Hoffman, Lauren Thompson & Minette Lister. The practice boasts professional, highly qualified, and extensive diagnostic services where all your hearing healthcare needs can be met. The additional licensing in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and cochlear implantation places this practice in one of the top specialist audiological positions in South Africa, with a wealth of experience in all clinical areas of audiology and is a very well respected and sought-after practice.

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