Quickly, we got his issues under control and in no time he was the happy, frisky young cat he started out as.
A few years ago, during a routine exam, Manny's ears were cleaned with a product that was new on the market. Unfortunately, the product granulated in his ears and, to make a long story short, it cost Manny his hearing.
In the two years that Manny has been deaf, we've learned something very simple and very comforting: he is the same attention-loving, trouble-making, furry old guy he was before he lost his hearing. He took only a short time to get used to his new way of life; frankly, we are at times suspect that he's 'selectively deaf' because he seems to hear us when he wants to (namely, when he's being called for dinner!). He does sleep quite a bit, though, whether that's because his world is so quiet or just because he can, we can't decide.