Many normal hearing people believe that hearing aids can do the impossible: perfectly correct a hearing loss the way glasses or contacts can correct poor vision. If I ask for a repeat because I wasn’t able to lipread a sentence, the uninitiated will often say, “Cindy, don’t you have your hearing aids in?”

I usually reply, “Yes, I do.”

“But why didn’t you understand me earlier?”

Sigh. Makes me want to create some handy-dandy wallet-sized cards that say:

I’m so glad you asked about my hearing aids!

Yes:

  • I’m wearing my hearing aids.
  • My hearing aids are working.
  • My hearing aid batteries are working.
  • I am listening. 

HEARING AIDS WILL NOT GIVE ME NORMAL HEARING.

But that would be mean. Or would it?

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