We all have dealt with body image insecurities growing up. But there’s another part of me that has been shaped by something else.
I got called weirdo, a deaf-mute, foreigner, etc.
“What’s wrong with your voice?”
I used to have rocks and wood chips thrown at me during recess.
“Why don’t you use sign language instead of your weird voice?”
I was terrified of public speaking.
“Why do you wear a radio behind your ear?”
I would wear my hair down to hide my hearing aids in the halls.
I’ve been pushed, kicked, shouted, hair pulled to get my attention.
I was lost.
I was ashamed of my hearing aids.
I spent many years in speech therapy and used to think it was all for nothing.
They shaped me to be the person I am today.
They pushed me to be a better person.
Let it motivate you, let it break you down and take you to places you’ve never imagined before.
Take a bow on your past insecurities and stand ten feet tall.
5 thoughts on “Hearing Aid Insecurities: Overcoming it”
Why is it if you wear glasses nothing is said,they are even a fashion accessory,but once people see these lumps of plastic & silly moulds in your ears you are treated differently! I am profoundly deaf,i was hearing until my mid 20’s but now I have the tell tale deaf speech,so I decided to jazz up my BTE hearing aids with coloured earmoulds & twisty ties,i even got blue hearing aids & not beige,I just wanted to be accepted for me,I am the same person I was at 20,just deaf & a lot older,I don’t sign as I have a form of dyslexia & auditory prosessing disorder& on the autistic spectrum! I now can only hear a few words & sounds! I do feel so lonely! I have friends on social media! I suffer from hearing fatigue! Why are non deaf people so cruel,i did not ask to go deaf but i would not change that now,i am proud to be deaf not HOH so that you for making deaf people feel special & wanted! Here in the uk it’s hard to tell people your deaf! Its the stigma,being deaf means your simple or retarded! Kind regards Barry from the uk xx
I miss hearing your sweet voice and fun laugh from the treatment room beside me. So sorry to hear how mean people were to you, they missed out on knowing an amazing person!
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I miss you too! ❤️ Thank you for the kind words.
omg, I still get the whole I talk weird, or where I am from.
I never really hide my hearing aids. people can be so mean
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I wear my hair up these days!