Harriette Leidich

I am one of a large family who gathered for a reunion in Sabetha, Kansas a few years ago. As we chatted about old times, I realized that I was the only one who wore a hearing device. My siblings all seemed to be talking louder to me, and I thought how lucky they were to be hearing naturally.

I recently read an article about people with hearing loss and how it could be caused by working around noisy machinery. I helped my father in his country newspaper publication and learned how to operate the linotype which is a large, clanking typesetting machine.

I think I have found a clue to why I have a hearing loss, because I operated that loud machine with a clink, clink, clink of the matrices falling into their channels.

Today there are wonderful devices that amplify sounds for those of us with a deficiency. But I still believe that noisy typesetting machine had something to do with my deafness.

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At 102 years of age I am finally a great-grandmother. My great-granddaughter and her husband are parents of a daughter born in Ware, N.Y. in April. Janice and George Lerrigo are the grandparents.

Harriette Leidich is a Banner columnist.