Deaf/HoH in a HEARING family..
Lately my hearing aid (HA) hasn’t been working well as I need my ears cleaned out and my hearing has been deteriorating. We are working getting this addressed, but that does’n mean it’s been easy for the last month or two.
Usually my family understands that I may not answer them if I have music in, am playing music, or can’t distinguish something in loud rooms and conversations.
Lately however, my family has been getting irritated when I have to ask them to repeat things, don’t answer, or ask them to speak slower or more clearly, or even spell things out for me. I’ve been using closed captions on television/movies more, which they say they find quite distracting and would prefer I not use.
These are realities and needs for many hard of hearing and deaf people. It’s not as easy as You Have A Hearing Aid - You’re Okay Now. Hearing aids do help immensely for lots of people, however they do not fully correct hearing and it can be difficult to distinguish certain situations. HAs do get old and start to not work well, or if you have wax build up they may not work, or may squeal. Sometimes our batteries die and we don’t have ones with us. These are things it’s helpful if you try and be understanding of. Although it’s not a reality for you, these are realities for someone you care about - and lots of times realities they manage well with. Not everyone sees their disability as a negative situation - lots of people view their disability as a part of them, something to be proud of that provides them a community and unique identity.
Please be respectful of your family and friends who have different realities, and sometimes different needs than yourself.