October 19, 2017
A few years ago, I heard a story of a gentleman who came in with terrible hearing loss. He was very nice, very funny and sociable, but he could only carry a conversation with you if he was looking directly at you while wearing the highest power hearing aids available at the time. The moment he looked away, he wouldn’t even know that you were still speaking. I was very interested in how his hearing loss came to be; he was so articulate, I knew it must have come on suddenly after he had been able to hear for years. I was told that when he was serving overseas, he had received a leg injury which became badly infected. His doctor told him that he had two choices: they could amputate the leg, or he could take a powerful medication that would save his leg, but wipe out his hearing. He chose his leg.