In her watercolor class at her local senior center, Caroline Lewis couldn't hear the teacher's instructions.
"The teacher would say, 'I want you to make these three colors.' I'd hear two, but I wouldn't hear the other. I'd ask a neighbor, but you don't want to keep asking the same question over and over again. People make you feel like you're an idiot," she told us.
And it wasn't much better at home. On the phone, or in conversations with her daughters, she always had to get them to repeat. They'd tell her, 'Mother, you need hearing aids.' "
Caroline already knew that. Two years ago, she'd had a hearing test, and it confirmed that she really needed the devices.
Caroline's response? "Anybody's got $3,000, hand it over."