One thing that has always bothered me is the fact that AC doesn’t know any other kids that have hearing loss. It may be something I worry about more than he does… but, ever since he was diagnosed (when he was 4) until now (he’s 15) – he has always been the only kid who wears hearing aids that he/we know personally. In school – he’s the only one in his classes dealing with the FM too. I’ve read articles about social issues for HOH kids, and so have tried to find other kids in our area like AC. I’ve posted about that on here before – but, it’s never really worked out.
People will frequently compare wearing hearing aids with wearing glasses – but, it really isn’t the same. Wearing glasses will pretty much correct your vision, but wearing hearing aids never really brings hearing quality to a “normal” level. The sound quality is much different, and there are all kinds of other factors that come into play (batteries, surrounding noises, etc). Then, there’s the social differences. LOTS of people wear glasses – but hearing aids? – not so much. Wearing glasses doesn’t present the same types of feelings of being different or the same unfortunate stigmas.
We live in an area with one of the largest Deaf populations around – but, AC doesn’t identify with Deaf culture either. He doesn’t use ASL. He is learning it in school for his “foreign language”, but it is not how he communicates and he doesn’t consider himself as “Deaf”. His family, friends, class-mates – are all hearing… and he fits in with us/them, but, Continue reading
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