Thanks for your responses. My story is a bit different. I lost a lot of my hearing due to either a reaction to antibiotics or a viral infection, no one is sure. It is nerve deafness and I wore an analog hearing aid from age 15 to about 40, in one ear, though I have a severe loss in both. After that I went digital. I do really well with it, in fact, during that period I made my NY Debut and did a few tours around the Far East, etc. I was a contestant in Guitar 84 (Toronto), Scott Tenant won...
I went on to a fairly nice career in New England, playing around and teaching at Northeastern U, where I started the guitar program. I quit guitar for a while and learned IT. I currently work at the National Institutes in Health as a computer dude. Along the way I got fluent in American Sign Language and have lots of deaf pals. About 3 years ago, I started to play again for fun...oh I have 2 kids as well, so it is a busy life.
I now have digital hearing aid(s), but hate wearing the one in my left ear. The guitar sounds wonderful to me with the music program on my right ear, the left one is just too much.
Glad to hear from some of you others! This is quite a collection of guitarists!!!
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on the web if you are interested....