Sometimes, it’s good to make light-hearted, funny (and at the same time, terrible) jokes about wearing hearing aids.
Why would a deaf person not wear hearing aids if the options are there for them and the technology are available to help them?
It’s easy assume that deaf and hard of hearing people should wear hearing aids (perhaps to help hearing people?).
But there are many things that you should consider, as I explain in this post.
Why would a deaf person wear hearing aids (or perhaps cochlear implants)? Surely if we can’t hear, then hearing aids are pointless, right?
Not so much.
This is amongst one of the most popular question I see online, and even though the question may seem obvious to some people, it’s unfair to assume that everyone will and should know the answer.
The new emojis which are displaying hearing aids and a person signing are finally out, alongside many other emojis.
But are they truly accurate? And do they really represent d/Deaf people? Because it’s one thing to display hearing aids and a person signing, it’s another to make sure that they are accurate and it represents all d/Deaf and hard of hearing people.
A common that I get asked and I see on Google is whether a deaf or hard of hearing person can hear with their hearing aids on?
The short answer is the dreaded “it depends”.
The long answer is that it’s complicated.
There’s no doubt that hearing aids can be very useful and have come a long way since the days of wearing those which are, not only big, but also lacking quality.
But despite the advancement in design and technology, I can’t help but still have my moments of doubts when wearing them. So in this post, I have explained I don’t really like wearing hearing aids.
For those who are not familiar with hearing aids, you may have your own assumptions on what you think it can and can’t do. However, you will be surprised about some of the myths out there but people assume, like it’s a “cure” (spoiler alert: it’s not).
So in this post, you will learn about what hearing aids can and can’t do so that you are aware of what to expect when meeting anyone who is wearing one or two.
As someone who has worn hearing aids (on and off) since I was a child, I used to try to hide it.
But gradually, as I come to accept that it’s a part of me, it has the attention of a people who have asked me the question on what does hearing aids feel like and how does it sound.
Which is fair enough. How else are you supposed to know unless you wear it yourself?
So I attempted to answer the question in a video to help give you a better understanding.