Don’t you just hate when someone says to you “are your aids on today? are you sure they’re working?
No matter how many times I explain to hearing people that hearing aids do not give you 20/20 hearing, I get a look of disbelief.
Hearing people seem to believe that if you are wearing one or even two hearing aids, why aren’t you hearing the whole conversation. The idea that speech discrimination varies, that pitch, sound, acoustics, emotional and physical feelings all affect my ability to hear well or poorly is a concept that most hearing people cannot grasp. Sometimes, even the weather will cause my tinnitus to roar so loudly, that I can’t seem to focus on what is being said. Tinnitus is a whole other ballgame to hearing people.
What really bothers me is that hearing people find it somewhat easier to understand deafness than hearing loss. It seems to compare to being totally blind vs. wearing glasses and being visually impaired. If one more hearing person asks me whether my hearing aid is working, I plan to write a book called “Understanding Hearing Loss for Hearing Dummies.”