Fellow blogger and hard of hearing advocate, Lip Reading Mom, has a great campaign going this month called Show Me Your Ears. http://lipreadingmom.com/show-me-your-ears/. (You can also find her on Facebook.) She has received pictures of all kinds of ears, hearing aids and cochlear implants. I love the idea of coming out with our hearing aids and not being ashamed of them. There are too many cool hearing aids out there now to hide them.
A few years ago, I attended a graduation party. I was in the kitchen with several people I didn’t know so I told them I was hard of hearing, that way they knew they might have to repeat. Conversation slowed as if they were embarrassed for me so I told them I had really cool ones! I whipped one off my ear and showed it to them; translucent red with black trim. When I looked up, all mouths were hanging open. They couldn’t believe I shared my hearing aid with them. I laughed! The look on their faces was priceless. They asked more questions about hearing loss after that. I hope I showed them hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed of.