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That is where I dragged my feet. I didn't ask the question because I feared the answer. There was no lack of indicators of Charlie's hearing loss. His babyhood was replete with clues to his deafness. I know that Page 7 because I have gone over each of them, incredulous that I missed them the first time through. Were it not so mortifying, it might be laughable to remember my behavior during those first months with Charlie. Being a foreign-language teacher, I wanted my son to grow up completely bilingual.

I asked. "Here," she said, indicating with her other hand a point nearly at the top of the chart.

She was determined to contrast with me. The doctor's office was arranged in a labyrinth. The corridors from the waiting room turned to the right and then to the left, like a set of eustachian tubes. Here were the examining rooms, the audiology booth, and a second nurse's station. An EXIT sign marked the only way out. One way traffic around and through. I was not surprised to find the cashier's office around the corner; it was the last stop before finding oneself deposited in the hall. A bit surrealistic for my taste, but obviously a successful arrangement.

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