"Even my little grandkids would say forget it, Grandma, and walk away.”
Photo: Anne Fishbein
Before Charlotte Carreon got her hearing aids, her whole neighborhood could hear her TV. But even with the volume turned all the way up, she could barely hear it.
“My neighbor across the street told me, ‘I can hear your TV over here,’ and I’d say, ‘Well good, because I can’t.'”
The worst thing, Charlotte told us, was the way people got annoyed with her when she asked them to repeat themselves.
“After I said, ‘What, huh?’ two times, they would say ‘Forget it,’ so it was really frustrating. Even my little grandkids would say, ‘Forget it, grandma,’ and walk away.
“It made me get mad. I would say, ‘It’s not my fault, why are you mad at me?'”
Finally Charlotte asked the supervisor at her community center in Monrovia for help, and that’s how she found her way to LSH. Within two weeks, she had her hearing aids.
Her neighbors are probably relieved. “I don’t have to have the TV blasting. The volume used to be at 100 — now I have it on 17.”
And now she doesn’t have to constantly ask people to repeat themselves. “I’ve had them a couple of months now. I love them. I worship them. And when I don’t want to hear people, I pull them out,” she says with a giggle.
“They’re 100% wonderful.”