Byline: Bob VanWagoner
Aging has its ups and downs.
But precipitous losses in the capabilities of our key organs can be particularly frightening.
Like many other seniors, I've been battling hearing loss for almost 20 years. By the early 1980s, just for normal business communicating, I was tested at New York Hospital, and reluctantly purchased my first hearing aid, for my poorer ear.
Still struggling against denial, I used it as sparingly as possible, neglected its care, and never looked for newer models.
After a premature retirement, I went to work again, but soon found the demands of hearing my new colleagues and audiences as …