This second part is more of a character development question than a research question, but I wanted to have everything in one place. The main character in the book I’m currently working on is partially deaf. What I’m trying to figure out is just how deaf he should be, based on how serious the effects are for increasing hearing loss. What things do we take for granted having both ears functioning properly? The character is living in a wooded area, hiding from soldiers who want to kill him (and previously tried, hence the hearing loss), and trying to survive on his own. I originally had him have decent hearing in one ear and very limited in the other. I’m not sure if I should let him have some hearing in that ear or take it all away, or even take some away from his good ear. He needs to be able to survive on his own in a harsh environment, but it also needs to make life a lot more difficult for him.What sorts of things would be more difficult and how severe would those difficulties be? The other thing I’m having trouble with is the fact that this book is written from this character’s point of view, meaning the amount of auditory information will have to be limited, depending on how serious I make his condition. The readers won’t know that he’s deaf until several chapters in, so I want to sort of give subtle hints at the fact without giving it away entirely. How do I make the deafness realistic without giving away too much information too early?