Hearing — and our ability to listen — defines our relationships and shapes our personalities. It keeps us connected to the people and the environment around us, alerts us to danger, and helps to provide all of us with some form of social enjoyment. Hearing never sleeps — it keeps us aware every second of every day.
Without healthy hearing, we face several permanent consequences, none more tragic than diminishing our ability to connect with others in a meaningful way. Quoting Helen Keller, “Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people.”