Do you have trouble hearing like Gladys?

Gladys is an 85 year old widow who lives alone. She was a telephone operator in her youth and became a housewife after she married. She has 5 grown children and 10 grandchildren who help her out a bit. She’s at the age where she uses a cane and has some arthritis and wears glasses.

Gladys does find it difficult to hear her favorite TV show and cannot follow the conversation when her family visits. She tends to get quiet in groups, feels isolated and somewhat depressed but thinks these are normal aging changes.

Gladys family is worried about how much longer she will be able to stay at home on her own. To make things more difficult she has limited finances and does not know if she could afford hearing aids.

Can you relate to Gladys?