I Needed Hearing Aids Before 50 — and You Might Too

I Needed Hearing Aids Before 50 — and You Might Too

Reader’s Digest columnist opens up about her hearing loss.

“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.

Examples:

 “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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