Well as if my Mom having cancer wasn't enough. Been having some issues hearing latley, so I decided to set up an appointment with a local otolaryngologist. Went today and had the audiometric test done and went on back for a consultation with the doctor. He first asked me if I had been having issues hearing, I replied "Yes". He then told me that the conversation he's fixing to have with me, he usually has with 60 thru 70 year old patients. Come to find out, I have lost over 50% of my hearing. He showed me my results of the hearing test, and for my age (30) I failed with flying colors. He thought that maybe this could be genetic. I stated that no one in my family has had hearing issues. So we pretty much nailed it down to over-exposure throughout the years. He said that given my hearing loss, that I should consider hearing aids. One in each ear. Talking it over with the wife, we've decided to go to another otolaryngologist for a second opinion. I guess the old saying "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" holds true. Only thing I can do is protect what hearing I do have and roll with the punches I guess. I'm now an old geezer before my time.