Speaking of Wellness: Yes, I Can Hear You Now

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Several years ago, I noticed that I was raising the volume on the TV. It didn’t bother me, not even when I also occasionally had to turn on closed captioning to follow along better. Nor did it bother me that I started choosing quieter restaurants without background din that interferes with conversation. But then I […]

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