I am proud to share my hearing loss story and tips on Mango Health.
Any disability can be challenging in daily life, but one that is invisible creates additional obstacles. Being invisible can make it harder for people to be aware of your disability, to provide assistance without being asked, or even, in some cases, to take it seriously. Hearing health advocate Shari Eberts shares five suggestions that can help make your struggle more visible to improve your quality of life.
“But, you don’t look like you have a hearing problem,” the gentleman said to me, from across the aisle. I had asked if he would mind switching seats with me in a crowded auditorium, so I could have a better view of the speaker. Given my hearing loss, I always do better if I can see the presenter’s mouth so I can lipread to fill in the things I miss by listening.
I stared at him in surprise. Did he expect my ears to be flashing red to indicate a problem? Or maybe they would have out of order signs hanging from them? Didn’t he realize that someone can’t look deaf?
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