Wayne had just had a stroke. The fact that he was greeting me at the door was nothing short of amazing. The fact that he greeted me standing was even more amazing. I couldn't believe this man who just had a stroke had agreed to let me interview him and was possibly more excited about it than I was. Literally, the man had a stroke about a week ago.
Wayne is the founder of Lesser Sound which pursues development of a variety of products for people with hearing loss, including a mobile application that identifies decibel levels in the environment. He also apparently invented this craftsman leather sling that waiters can carry over their shoulders to sell wine. He also dabbles in iconography. He was also a lawyer. Clearly, he is a man of boundless energy.
Sitting in his wheelchair, Wayne relates hearing loss to the Jewish faith, the absurdities that underlies the experience, and not being able to hear when America was singing.
Read on for Wayne's experience of early onset hearing loss.