Hi all I too appreciate this thread I started loosing hearing at 19 from an illness. I was encouraged to hide it and not even use hearing aids by my family (although they were recommended). i went to college, graduated, got involved with other deaf students which helped. After i graduated I did not know anyone who was deaf/hoh. So i just pretended like i was not either. i am 30 now and it is really starting to show not only in lack of understanding others speech when they are not looking at me but they do not understand me. i guess i mumble or talk funny. This has me very self conscious because I only know hearing people and I am supposed to be able to hide it you know. a few people have asked lately if i have a speech problem or a hearing problem or both.
what would you do continue to hide or be honest???????????
I've been hoh my whole life, but have only worn hearing aids for a year and a half, and unless I tell people I wear hearing aids, most people can't even tell I'm wearing them, so I don't understand why your family encouraged you to hide your hearing loss and not use hearing aids although they were recommended. That's really unfortunate. I had been told by audiologists that a hearing aid wouldn't help me much (because until recently I had hearing loss in only one ear), so that's why I didn't look into getting them earlier. Now, I actually wish I had decided to get one years ago, despite what I'd been told. You should do what's best for you and your health.
Honestly, hearing people are much more likely to "look at you funny" for misunderstanding them all the time then they are because you wear hearing aids (which, depending on what kind/style you get, people may not even be able to notice much, anyway). And, even if people do notice that you wear hearing aids, so what??? If you were told you needed glasses to help you see better, would your family have told you to not get glasses?!? There is absolutely no shame in needing/wearing hearing aids - I'm so glad that I finally got mine; I hear so much more - and more clearly, and I have to ask people to repeat themselves much less. Hearing aids have made my life better in lots of ways. I definitely recommend that you go get your hearing tested and find out whether hearing aids would help you, and if so, then try them out - you have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Since I got my hearing aids, I was able to persuade two of my hoh relatives to get evaluated for hearing aids, and one of them began wearing them a few months ago; the other relative found out he had otosclerosis that could be corrected surgically, so he doesn't need hearing aids (but at least he hears better now because he got checked out!). Once they saw the difference hearing aids made for me, that sort of "broke the ice" and they realized they should see an audiologist, too.