The Store Name That Got Away
10 months ago
Coping with late deafened hearing loss
Even our friends are selected carefully. We cultivate friendships based on who is sensitive to our needs. They are the people who are willing to speak a little louder and more distinctly. They are the people who are willing to repeat themselves if they see from your expression that you didn't hear all that was said. They don't wait for you to apologize or "phase out" of a difficult-to-hear conversation. They make sure that you never feel ashamed because of your disability.
If I were a paraplegic I could not walk. If I got a wheelchair...I could move around but there would have to be certain accomodations made for me (wider doorways, ramps, etc). Hearing aids, although they are invisible to most people, are the hard of hearing persons "wheelchair". We are never going to be able to "walk" like the rest of them...but with accommodations and understand...we can get around (or in our case, socialize, converse, interact).