Patricia Olney

“I was missing some important stuff.”

Photo: Anne Fishbein

Patricia Olney has led a pretty remarkable life.
 
She has been a radio operator in the Air Force, a flamenco dancer, an executive secretary.  All of those are remarkable accomplishments, but Patricia wasn’t finished. 

She then went to law school, graduating at the age of 50, and practiced law for 20 years.

She still leads an active life, volunteering at her local hospital and with CASA, a child advocacy organization. 
 
When she began to lose her hearing a few years ago, Patricia went to the VA for help. “They tested my hearing and gave me some hearing aids,” Patricia says, “but they kept falling out of my ears. So I kind of gave up.”
 
But the problem just got worse. “All of a sudden I realized that I was going to meetings, and I couldn’t hear. I was missing some important stuff.”
 
Luckily for Patricia, she had a friend who was a member of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club. “I knew they did a lot of things for the blind,” she says, “but I didn’t know they helped with hearing aids.”
 
The club referred Patricia to LSH. We were able to send an audiologist to her home in Ventura, and she quickly received her new hearing aids.
 
Now she can participate fully in her meetings, along with her volunteer work at the hospital. “It’s really important to me,” she says, “not just the social aspect, but what people are actually saying. Now I can take it all in.”

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