MATTHEWS – Yvonne King was living with only one hearing aid for about a year and is losing her hearing in both ears. On top of that, the hearing aid she had wasn’t working well, but she couldn’t afford new ones.
She worked as a nurse for 25 years at the Consolation Nursing Home. She would have continued if she didn’t break her arm from a fall while helping a patient. She has had balance problems and a knee replacement.
Things haven’t been the same since her fall, and after over two decades of selflessness, it was time for someone to help her. That person was her husband, Desmond.
Desmond wrote a heartfelt letter to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation to see if they could help his wife.
The foundation approved Yvonne to receive a pair of top-of-the-line Legend hearing aids. She received her fitting March 12 at the Beltone Hearing Aid Center.
“This is a blessing for me, and I thank you guys [Beltone] for the work you’ve put in,” Yvonne said. “Every time I need help I just run in here to Bob, and he fixes whatever needs to be fixed.”
Hearing Instrument Specialist Bob Smyth said Yvonne’s years as a nurse resonated with him. Legend hearing aids can cost upwards of $7,000, and according to Smyth, hearing aids are not covered by insurance.
“Some people deserve our help,” Smyth said. “Yvonne is one of those people. Ms. King has spent many years as a nurse taking care of other people. Now it’s time somebody took care of her. She’s a good person.”
Yvonne is a kind person, but her ongoing hearing loss was irritating her and loved ones.
“It was very frustrating not being able to hear people and people not being able to hear me,” she said. “Sometimes I don’t respond properly because I can’t hear what they’re saying.”
“To say one thing over and over and you’re still not getting through to the person could be very irritating,” Desmond replied. “But you don’t show it.”
Yvonne goes to church consistently and said her church family is warm.
“They do their best for me,” she said. “I was sitting in the second pew in the church. The priest came up to me and said, ‘I see you got a front row seat,’ and I said, ‘Better to hear you with,’ but I still couldn’t hear.”
One of the unique things about Beltone is that each patient can have their routine check-ups free of charge.
“We do that so that we can check on little changes when they’re little,” Smyth said. “The good thing is there’s a lot of adjustments, and the bad thing is there’s a lot of adjustments. So for thing things I can do, I want to get it as close to perfect as possible.”
Yvonne and Desmond will celebrate their 54th anniversary in July. They look forward to eating a nice dinner and listening to music.
Beltone is located at 600 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Suite E. Call 704 814-7419 for details.