Katherine Bouton was going deaf by age 30. During meetings at The New York Times, where she was a section editor, she had trouble hearing what her colleagues were saying during meetings. Shouting, she says, didn't help her hear any better.
More than 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, and Bouton wants to combat the stigma that the condition is always tied to aging. She spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on March 6, 2013.