“Hearing loss sneaked up on me gradually,” Reader’s Digest columnist Aviva Patz writes in a recent column. “I missed bits of conversations here and there, mostly in noisy restaurants, until suddenly I found myself smiling and nodding at punch lines I hadn’t heard and wishing I knew what the heck was going on. That was back in my thirties.”
Ten years later, she writes, her family was fed up.
“You need me to swab the deck?” “No, I need you to sign a check!” “You fogged up scrunch socks?” “No, I forgot a lunch box.”
And, she writes, she’s far from alone: “There’s evidence that hearing loss is on the rise and is striking people at younger ages.”
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