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The last 3 were at night while he slept. This time during the afternoon while he was resting in bed. He says he saw a male employee come in and take them.

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I'm kind of surprised no one else has mentioned this but here goes: if your dad has really had $5,000 hearing aids "disappear" (possibly stolen) 4 times in the last year, that amounts to a $20,000 loss. If this actually happened, then it seems to me it's definitely a police matter, and you should file a police report asap. If nothing else, if theft is afoot in his residence, a police investigation (if they do that) could deter theft of other valuable items from other vulnerable seniors. Yes, of course, as others have said, make sure they didn't slip down somewhere near his bed, chair, etc. And you are the only one who can ascertain if he has a habit of losing things (valuable things as in this case), which then turn up after he's claimed someone stole the valuable item. You + close family members are the only ones who can determine this. Good luck with sorting this all out. Not being able to hear well is an isolating handicap.
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Mymomsthebest Nov 24, 2022
Yes ..good thought , I’d he has “lost” such expensive devices there might be a thief involved ..interesting to think there’d be a market for that kind of stolen goods. Would be also interesting to know whether other residents are missing items too- perhaps homes should have to keep a list available to those who inquire as to what is happening in their facilities. If your dad is competent , I’d pursue this idea.
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All things considered, it might be time to be in touch with a VA Audiologist and ask if that person could determine whether he still NEEDS very expensive equipment (cost/outcomes ratio).

There are currently some very good devices that are priced at a fraction of the cost you’ve mentioned.

Naturally you want your dad to have the very best hearing possible, but his “very best” at present may be different from when his $5000 aids were necessary.

Good for you for being proactive on his behalf!
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This must be an extremely frustrating situation for you. Perhaps it's time to think about setting up a nanny cam that has a view of his hearing aid charger. I wish you good luck.
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If you go to amazon.com there are hearing aid leashes that can be purchased.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hearing+aid+leash+for+seniors&crid=2RFY6NN8K8S71&sprefix=hearing+aid+leash%2Caps%2C146&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_4_17

For my 93-yr old Mom, I use medical tape to secure them in place. She likes to go outdoors and is worried that when she takes off her hat and sunglasses, the hearing aids will go flying and get lost.
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dear OP,

so sorry to hear that. it'll be hard to prove the theft. what we do is, when my LO goes to the hospital, we always leave the hearing aids at home.
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Janijean, check under the bed as it is not unusual for such items like hearing aids or eyeglasses to fall and sit behind the criss-cross legs of a hospital bed.

My Mom's eyeglasses were missing. Sure enough, even through I couldn't see the eyeglasses, I felt them behind the large legs of the bed.
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babsjvd Nov 19, 2022
Agreed , my mom insisted hers was stolen… it was under the bed even with extensive search done prior…
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If he is in a VA hospital, isn't your parent eligible to get hearing aids provided through the VA audiology clinic? My husband received high quality hearing aids from the VA at almost no cost. I would think if they were having to replace them, they would take the issue a bit more seriously.

If he is capable, suggest he place them in a shoe under his bed or some other obscure place?
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Unless you’ve personally seen someone take them, they’re likely not being stolen. Elders always blame items they lose on theft. Chances are he took them out, wrapped them in a tissue or napkin, then the napkin was thrown away. The same thing happens constantly with dentures.
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You will no longer be able to buy such expensive devises. I don't know really how you could keep them safe. This is a common problem we see often on Forum.
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When family resides in a memory care facility, it is virtually impossible to keep track of their things....clothing, hearing aides, dentures, etc. I literally watched one resident take out their hearing aide, place it on the table and another resident pick it up and swallow it. I also have heard of residents going into other residents rooms and putting teeth in their mouth that aren't theirs. It's awful.

Someone suggested getting insurance on the hearing aides. That's not a bad idea. The suggestion of buying a pair in a bright crazy color is also a good idea. At least if it's on the floor or in bedding it would be easier to spot.
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