I've got some hearing loss in my right ear, but like many of my fellow sufferers, I'm not wearing a hearing aid...yet. The technology is certainly a lot better and more discreet than when my grandfather's unit would make feedback whistles from his breast pocket. But there's still a stigma associated with the device, and with the very idea of admitting that you are hard of hearing.
Music means little if you can't hear it, so tenor Placido Domingo, along with the Vienna Philharmonic, are leading a campaign called "Hear the World," to raise awareness about hearing loss, and to help bring the latest technological help to those who need it. They plan a major announcement tomorrow (Tues.) at Carnegie Hall. More details in this story from the Associated Press.