I noticed a sudden decline in Mum's hearing and phoned her GP to find out what I should do: Nurse, GP or go to specialist hearing centre. I was advised to book a Hearing Assessment with her GP, but was about a month until earliest appointment. In less than a week Mum's hearing went from her needing me to talk loudly to needing to talk directly into her ear or just resort to writing things down, but that isn't ideal obviously as it takes ages to explain things properly and quite quickly she can forget what the conversation was originally about. A visit from the Community Nurse established compacted ear wax, so for a week ear drops, then syringe ears, then Hearing Assessment. I do feel a bit annoyed that the GP Surgery only offered a Hearing Assessment appointment as the Community Nurse made it clear that this would not have been able to be carried out with so much wax in the ears. Mum was last tested for mental capacity in February. Her memory has worsened since then, but what is of major concern to me at the moment is the impact her deafness could be having on her decision making. She has always been prone to scams and I often have to step in when I notice unusual activity on her bank account. Social Services are visiting her this afternoon and I think likely to carry out another assessment. I do feel that Mum is still capable of making many decisions for herself, but that this deafness actually means that her decision making is impacted. If Social Services do try to carry out a mental capacity assessment and Mum is not able to respond, will this mean that they would automatically deem her to no longer have capacity albeit that this could be temporary and once her hearing issues are resolved she may be tested again and mental capacity be 're-instated'. I do feel that during this period it would be much safer if something could be set up with the bank whereby I (as LPA) had to countersign any new transactions? Mum is fully aware of her hearing problems but embarrassed by it and therefore I think she could feel pressurised into giving money away as she doesn't want to admit that she just can't follow what's going on.