Hearing Loss Victim inspires JewishCare

August 2, 2010 by Warren Hurst
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JewishCare and Central Synagogue joined forces some 18 years ago to establish a Friendship Club for older people named Special Program of Arts Recreation and Crafts for Seniors.

Ann Louise Oystragh and Faye Yaroll

On a weekly basis the Club provides interesting speakers and the regular social opportunities which can be so valuable in helping to combat isolation and even depression in older people.

Faye Yarroll was the very special guest speaker on 26 July 2010. Born with hereditary hearing loss, as a teenager Faye learned a range of skills that enabled her to watch and understand conversations. Sadly, she later had an accident and a medical problem that greatly compromised her already poor hearing. While she stoically remained working as IT support manager for a Multi National company these events placed her under great stress and Faye even contemplated giving up her job.  Between 2005 and 2007 she had cochlear implants in both ears, a ‘miracle’ that changed her life.

She is now a member of the Cochlear Awareness Network and in the words of longtime President of S.P.A.R.C.S Ann Louise Oystragh, “Faye is one of the most inspirational people she has ever met”.

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