I HATE when people just don’t get it. Hearing people that is. I use to hate when people with hearing loss are in denial that they are losing their hearing and these are bright intelligent people, who rather suffer and pretend than look into wearing a hearing aid.
I don’t want to hate hearing people who don’t understand or people with hearing loss who are too vain. I want to yell at the top of my voice, do u have any idea what its like to hear you all muffled? or people who think its funny to open their mouths wide and exaggerate their words. I have a guy at work who thinks its so funny to refer to me as being deaf. I’ve pulled him aside on several occassions to have a talking to. He still doesn’t get it.
I started doing staff developments at work and have received a very positive responses. I made them all wear ear plugs that gave them only a 35 decibel loss while I spoke. Several pulled them out after a few minutes and you could just see the disbelief on their faces screaming, “thats a 35 db loss?” It certainly scared them enough to ask alot of questions. I did a whole power point on how many children and adults have hearing loss in the U.S. alone. How many parents admitted to not aiding their children and how many children were failing school due to a lack of access to communication and hearing properly.
Sometimes I just want to yell from the top of the Empire State building, PEOPLE WAKE UP…..WHY ARE U ALIENATING US, WHY ARE YOU AFRAID OF US? Are you afraid you might become one of us? Well, the truth is, you just might one day, but it wont be because you caught it from us. However, what goes around, comes around. Treat me badly and that will come back to haunt you.
There are approximately 1 out of every 6 people walking the streets in the U.S. with a hearing loss. I suspect those numbers are going to change very quickly over the next decade to something like one out of three. We are a techno smart society but most just can’t understand hearing loss. Lets hope the baby boomers will drop the vanity, refuse to pay $3000 for the best hearing aid on the market and advocate for understanding rights to hearing that doesn’t cost us our life savings. Lets hope people can stop thinking old age when they start losing their hearing, and stop stigmatizing their own children who have hearing loss and refuse to aid them….that is definitely and should be illegal.