For overcoming hearing loss, hitting a life milestone … Bravo! – Orange County Register

Hearing advocacy: Orange’s Cheryle Melendez, a respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, was honored in June for championing hearing health and screening, as well as attempting to diminish the stigma associated with hearing loss.

Melendez received the Beltone Safe & Sound Award from Beltone North America, a global leader in audio solutions that produces heading aid instruments sold domestically, in Canada and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

In a release, she noted how important it is in her line of work to be able to hear a patient’s alarm.

“I felt physically ill the day I realized I wasn’t hearing the alarms at work and a colleague had to tell me they were sounding,” she said. “I knew I had to do something.”

Melendez began wearing state-of-the-art hearing aids.

“I often talk to my patients about the fact that I wear hearing aids and how much better they’ve made my life, at work and at home,” she said.

100 and counting: Longtime Fullerton resident Norma Bastanchury celebrated 100 years on June 2.

Born in Alaska to Frank and Harriet Holmes, Bastanchury was 8 when her family moved to Fullerton. She was named May Day Queen of Fullerton as an eighth-grader and graduated from…

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