As a child, I had several bouts of severe “earaches” with a perforated eardrum which required hospitalization and administration of penicillin. It’s clear that these episodes permanently scarred my eardrums and resulted in hearing loss which became more significant over time.
Hearing empowers us. It helps us lead our everyday lives without limitations. It enables us to socialize, work and communicate. It also helps us to stay connected to the outside world, and it keeps us safe by warning us of potential danger.