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  • Both were half-asleep and both were half-deaf from all the cannon firings their ears had had to withstand throughout their long careers as soldiers.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • Even blind in one eye and half-deaf, he was cocky.

    Crossed

  • In the apartment next door was a half-deaf widower who fell asleep to Johnny Carson's blaring monologues.

    White Noise

  • Blame it on the fact that I grew up around a lot of half-deaf elderly people.

    Having A Bad Mel Day

  • Her parents had died when she was twelve, and she had gone to live with her only other relation, a great-aunt who had been already half-deaf from age.

    Among the Ghosts

  • You felt worse when his bent-over, white-haired, half-deaf mother came to the door with homemade potato gnocchi.

    "You Go"

  • I guess after hundreds of nights spent with my voice blasting back to me at high volume through onstage monitors has left me either used to my voice or just plain half-deaf.

    Prose Jam debuts Tuesday April 14th (tomorrow night)

  • A game of telephone ensues, with a couple of half-deaf old men for humorous effect.

    Making Light: Maybe next year

  • The experience is enhanced if you have a keen sense of hearing like Oliver Luby above or my friend Louisa Spier, both of whom kept saying, "Wow, do you hear that?" to mystified expressions from me and a few other old friends who are half-deaf in one ear or another.

    Spiraling Echoes in City Hall

  • But this morning my choice was clear: remain half-deaf or find an ear doctor.

    Dana Kennedy: Toujours France: The Devil Likes Ear Wax

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