MORGANTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Imagine going through life only hearing whispered voices and muffled sounds.
That's how one Morganton resident heard the world around her until an organization stepped up to help her reclaim her hearing.
FOX 46 was there for the heart-warming moment that changed her life.
“Before you had those in, if I was talking this low, would you have been able to hear me?” FOX 46’s Rochelle Metzger asked Phyllis Bryant.
“I wouldn’t of heard half of what you said,” Bryant, who suffers from severe hearing loss, told Rochelle. The Morganton resident says it’s a problem she’s learned to live with.
“It is very frustrating,” said Bryant.
Bryant was in grade school when she first noticed something was wrong.
“I was about 12 or so, my mama would tell me I was talking loud and I wouldn’t hear as good.”
Her family didn’t have the money for doctors and tests, so the problem would go undiagnosed for decades.
“It was more when I was in my 20s that I had the worst time.”
The 56-year old says it was a coupon for a free hearing test that brought her to Bill Beck’s Beltone office. After testing her hearing, they could see where she was struggling.
“When he told me how bad it was, I realized I needed to do something before it was too late.”
Bryant needed hearing aids, but couldn’t afford the hefty price tag. With Beck’s help, she wrote to the Beltone Hearing Foundation.
“I wrote them and they approved them and I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy.”
FOX 46 Charlotte was there as Beltone got results, fitting Bryant with state-of the-art hearing aids.
“It’s just so great to be able to hear,” Bryant said. “I’m so happy.”
Bryant says shes grateful for the life-changing gift.
“Not gonna have to ask people to repeat themselves. I’m gonna be able to hear the TV without turning it wide open. And be in the car without having the radio blasting,” said Bryant. “They’ve made a world of difference in my life. I appreciate it so much.”