My stepfather is a retired radio personality with a larger-than-life persona. At family events, Tommy always makes everyone laugh. Last Thanksgiving, however, I noticed something was different. Tommy wasn’t joking and having fun at the table. He was unusually quiet and something seemed wrong.
I asked my mom if she knew what was going on with Tommy. She said he’d been unusually quiet for the last few months. I wondered if he’d had his hearing checked recently. Tommy is getting older and I thought hearing loss could make it difficult for him to communicate and might inhibit his normally boisterous personality. My mom convinced Tommy to go to the doctor, and sure enough, he diagnosed hearing loss. Tommy got his Stockport hearing aids just in time for Christmas and was back to the fun guy we’d always known–laughing, joking, and making the holidays so much merrier for us all.
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