John S wrote:A OT story that is kind of related, since the discussion was what people noticed with different types of glasses. I wear Nike semi-rimless frames with plus progressive lenses. Distance rx is a ~+1.50.
In my early 50's, my hearing loss had progressed enough I had no choice but to start wearing hearing aids. I don't know if anyone else that hangs out here also does. Glasses usually correct your vision pretty well. Hearing aids help, but you can never expect normal hearing with them.
They are kind of like glasses frames/lenses, but obviously there are a lot more to them due the severity and of the type of loss you have. The only giveaway to how bad you hearing is, if they are large, that person probably has a profound loss (>100db). I guess that would equate to myodisks in the optical world.
My loss is considered severe. The type I like to wear are water resistant, and are of a medium size. I used to wear smaller ones, then I decided to start wearing the water resistant type that are a little larger. They were a light Gray color. I saw the same series of aids on ebay, that were a transparent Blue color. I know they are popular with kids, but I thought they would look cool, and they would get noticed. Just like the neon colors that kids and some adults get frames in now. What's the difference, they both sit on your ear. Glasses or hearing aids can be a fashion statement now days. Beige aids mean you are trying to hide them. You might as well tell everyone you have them. I think they look dull.
So I get them and I program them up. I went to get an impression made for a new ear mold, I had it made in Black. I could tell the guy was surprised I wanted a Black mold. They come in any color you can imagine now. I thought between the color of the aids, and the Black mold in my ear, everyone would notice them. The idea was to make sure no one makes the sound of a church mouse and expects me to hear them. I wanted them to be noticed. You would normally expect someone with a -25 rx probably doesn't see 20/20. Same idea.
My hair covers about half of my hearing aids, but you can definitely see them. I asked one of the guys at work if he notices the ear mold, he is 31. Nope, I had to point it out to him. Of course, this is the same person I asked if he noticed a kid at fast food restaurant that had a Orange shirt and metal rim glasses that had the exact same shade of Orange covering on the temples. He didn't, so maybe this was a invalid test. He seems like a sharp guy, so I don't get it.
OOs notice frames and rxs, and some people don't even notice if you have a plus or a minus rx. I just don't get it.
I also wear hearing aids and have also been wearing them since my early 50's.
I was originally diagnosed with a HF hearing loss at the age of 10, and told to protect my hearing that I had left, but hearing aids would be in my future. This was in 1968, and I was able to put off getting HA's until 2011, although I know now I could of used them probably 10 years earlier.
I would probably not have them today, if I hadn't tried on my sisters HA's and in an instant realized my hearing was pretty bad and I was missing a lot and I immediately made an appointment to get my hearing tested. With glasses my fears over road my desire to wear them and kept me from telling my parents and those around me I needed glasses and it kept me from getting them until I was 22, even though I knew I needed them while in high school. However, with hearing aids I had no fear of telling family or friends I was getting HA's and I have never tried to hide my HA's and actually have no problem telling anyone that I wear hearing aids and I'm sure my experience getting glasses and facing my fears is what was behind it.
I have a mild, to sever, to profound loss and wear BTE aids. I have a pair that have earhooks with full molds and one pair that are RIC's with micro molds. Once I got my aids I soon realized that it wasn't like getting glasses: people notice glasses right away and make comments and compliment you on how they look, with hearing aids, even with a full mold, people simply didn't notice I was wearing them, with a few exceptions: children, people who wear HA's and those that need HA's or are looking at getting HA's, other than that nobody noticed or cared that I was wearing hearing aids. I think it's similar for Those of us who wear glasses we always know or at least I do, how many people around me or in a room are wearing glasses and I feel a connection to them and I feel the same with those wearing hearing aids, it has to do with having something in common and experiencing something that those that don't wear glasses or hearing aids will never experience. I know from talking to friends who don't wear glasses, that they have no idea how many people in a room had glasses, but I can tell them how many there were, where they were sitting and if they were nearsighted or farsighted.
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