So I've been slowly losing my hearing the past few years. I don't talk about it much, but it's just something I have to deal with. Genetics + lots of Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten, and the like. I've noticed it getting a little worse lately. It's very subtle. I have to have people repeat themselves more often.
I always felt that technology would catch up with the problem, and it probably will. New hearing aids will be some kind of permanent implanted chip or something... that's cool. I just have one request to the person inventing it. Put in a mute button.