Transman has lost one of his superpowers. Before starting testosterone, he had dog hearing–you know the kind: Transman could hear things that were either on a register too high for other humans to pick up or he could hear everything going on around him all at the same time and at the same level. It was kind of maddening. He could hear the refrigerator humming, the lights buzzing, electronics whining at the same volume as conversations taking place. This interfered with his ability to concentrate, but it was handy for hearing children plotting to get up to tricks.
After T, Transman’s ears changed. Not in shape, sadly. No cool pointy Spock ears or anything. The ears only changed in the way they functioned. Suddenly, the great equalizer in his auditory system tuned out the background noises. He could still hear well, but it was focused hearing. On the down side, he doesn’t notice the insidious plotting of his offspring and their cohorts, but on the up side, he also no longer notices the constant bickering of his children. Road trips will be much better from now on. Maybe he shouldn’t think of it as a loss of his superpower, but rather as fine-tuning.