Sometimes it is the annoyances in our day that end up being lifesavers. When I was in third grade every student in my school had to go through routine inspections of their eyes and ears to make sure that we were seeing and hearing all right. When I was singled out during the hearing test I began to cry. It is not comfortable when among your peers something about you is different. I wasn’t any happier when I got home and the school nurse had called my parents. The nightmare wouldn’t end in the weeks ahead when I was seeing doctors and specialists and my life had gone from kickball and tag to various tones and instruments and something called audiology.
After a few months, doctors determined that indeed I had a minor hearing loss. They suggested it could be related to being around pyrotechnic shows frequently. My uncle Ron blasted off fireworks for a living and every weekend over the summer we would go with him to the local minor league baseball stadium or community parade and watch him set up and detonate fireworks.
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