Forty years ago, the author just “went deaf” and has been wearing a hearing aid of one sort or another ever since. (Ed, remember this was written about 12 years ago, but he wore them till the end of his life) Things have changed quite a lot in that time, not only the hearing aids themselves, but – in our caring society – in attitudes towards the wearers and in the provision of helpful facilities in public places. One used to be “deaf”, now one is “hearing i-impaired”, and somehow that sounds a lot nicer. (Ed. this was Dad’s view, and has been the subject of much discussion and to-ing and fro-ing since I have been in audiology). Welcome to the club.