Erma Swift: Hearing Aid Program Recipient
For Erma, the face of compassion is Carolyn Harestad, owner of two private speech and hearing centers and part of the Federal Way Noon Lions Club. Upon learning of Erma’s trouble, Carolyn freely donated many of her own services and asked her Club to sponsor Erma through the Hearing Aid Program. They partnered with the Northwest Lions Foundation to share costs of recalibrating and recasing two high-powered aids to fit Erma’s exact needs.
In Erma’s case, the improvement in the quality of her life can’t be measured in dollars. “Without the aids it felt like I was in a tunnel,” she says. “Now not only am I able to talk with people again, but these are the nicest aids I’ve ever had. I can’t thank the Lions enough!”
I live on social security, and when my old hearing aids wore out, I could never have afforded to replace them. When I look at the prices of hearing aids, I tell myself, ‘Thank God for people like the Lions.” – Erma Swift