Spoiler alert — Deaf Awareness Week was actually last week — my bad! However, it’s not an issue that’s going to go away, so I figured my friends would forgive the lapse.
Each week we run news stories here on our website that highlight the issues around deafness in our communities — and one of the things that has struck me recently is that although it’s a problem faced by many older folks, it’s also a big issue for a lot of younger people: witness this week’s story about singer Tank, who has lost hearing in one ear and is losing it in the other. You can read it here.
We’ve also pointed to the acclaimed film ‘Sound of Metal,’ which recently won two Academy Awards, and features a young punk-rock drummer who completely loses his hearing. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
The point is that this debilitating condition can affect people at any stage of life. We have hearing clients who are in elementary school.