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Show Me Your Ears

Fellow blogger and hard of hearing advocate, Lip Reading Mom, has a great campaign going this month called 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.

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