My grandma is a very smart and strong-willed woman. At first I was confused when she didn’t seem to hear or respond to what myself or other members of my family were saying. Then it dawned on me, she was oblivious to the fact that anything had been said. At the ripe old age of eighty-four, she had begun to lose her hearing.
Being determined, and not wanting to admit to herself, or others that there was a problem, she refuses to get hearing aids. This has made conversations interesting to say the least. Often times you must practically yell for her to hear you, especially if we’re out in public. There are even times where she will ask the person sitting or standing closest to her to repeat what was said.
I admire my grandma; she is one of the strongest women I know. I do wish that she would realize that losing her hearing is not a sign of weakness. I would love to be able to hold conversations with her without having to constantly repeat myself. Regardless, her stubbornness is a good thing. It’s what makes her who she is.