He woke that morning, a morning like any other.
The Sun was shining outside.
It had been a chilly night but it was warm in bed.
It was the 26th day of his 50th year.
He reached over to the hearing aid and put it in as he did every morning.
Turned it on, turned it off.
Turned it on again.
Morning News Flash 31 July 2008
This morning at 7am John Couani woke to find he was getting no throughput on the hearing aid. He could hear the tinnitus as usual, louder and brighter than ever. But actual hearing had been switched-off.
He reached for his partner, sleepy-head to break the news. A stream of obscenity emanated as usual, but he couldn't hear it.