From the October 2012 magazine.

October 2012: Quiet Love

A deaf member's life is changed when his home group steps up to service

In 1979, I was forced into early retirement by the corporation I worked for, and by society, due to becoming too deaf to understand the spoken word; too deaf to respond to instructions; too deaf to mingle with fellow humans.

I turned to alcohol as a way to bide my time in a hearing society. I am not discounting other special needs people, but deafness has its own unique problems. When a person can no longer communicate in society they are labeled as "stupid," laughed at and shunned. Most deaf people keep to themselves and shut out hearing people as a result of the communication gap....