After 30 Years, He Can Finally Hear the High Notes

After 30 Years, He Can Finally Hear the High Notes

Every now and then, I hear a story about one of our clients that really warms my heart. Carl Kulzer is one of them.
Now in his 80s, Carl had suffered with hearing loss for 30 years, but hadn’t been able to afford a hearing aid. When our outreach coordinator, Kerstin Brucki, visited his senior center in Long Beach and told him about our services, he said, “I thought it was too good to be true.”

It wasn’t, of course. We were delighted to help Carl, and he is having all kinds of new revelations since then, like the little tune his washing machine plays when the cycle finishes. He’d never heard it before.

Or the fact that he could hear someone across the crowded table at lunchtime at the senior center. Or an actor speaking softly in a movie.

And now it’s easier to talk to his sister, who lives outside Chicago, on the phone. “I’d say, ‘I can’t hear you,” he told us. “Now I can hear her just fine.”

But maybe the best was about music. Carl is a passionate amateur clarinet player, and a classical music lover.

“I put on a record of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto,” he told us, “and I could hear notes I’d never heard before.”

You can tell from Carl’s smile what kind of a guy he is. Here at LSH, we live for those smiles.


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