March 10, 2012
The Yamaguchi Prefecture Association of the Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened in western Japan is appealing for fund-raising to donate the battery for hearing-aids, etc. in order to support hard of hearing/late-deafened persons in the stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The hard of hearing/late-deafened victims have faced a problem that they were unable to listen to disaster-warning radio at the time of a disaster, etc., and have insisted that "their current situation needs continued support."
Cochlea-implanted persons exchange a new battery every three days at the shortest, but it is hard for them to get one because the store was broken by the earthquake disaster. Even there are persons whose hearing-aid was lost due to tsunami. It has been almost a year since the great earthquake hit northeastern Japan, and yet many hard of hearing/late-deafened persons still need support even now.
It is said that there was an opinion from the hard of hearing/late-deafened community that they feel uncertain whether their local government and Tokyo Electric Power Company would negotiate successfully on the compensation of its first nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima because of lack of accessibility to vital information.
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