Mary Kenny: Deaf sentence no more
Poor hearing is a vexation but we've come a long way from the ear trumpet
In the years before she died, the singer Cilla Black had lamented that she was going deaf, and she found this a great affliction. Perhaps she found deafness tormenting just because she was a singer, and she was particularly sensitive to sound. I am going deaf myself, so I can quite see that it is a vexation: but that's how I regard my increasing deafness - annoying, but not tragic.
Actually, deafness is often more annoying to other people than it is to the deafie herself.
Age-related deafness runs in our family, and I well recall the exasperation I felt when older relations would say "What? Whachyasay?" "Oh for heaven's sake," I'd remonstrate, "Get a flipping deaf aid, would you!"