I've been hard of hearing for as long as I can remember. When I was little I had chronic ear infections which my parents wrote off as me being dramatic and decided not to have checked out. When I was a little older, someone at school recommended me to an audiologist. I've had several sets of tubes because my ear canals are shaped funnily and retain water. Because of that, water continuously built up behind my eardrums and caused problems. I've dealt with my hearing loss for the majority of my loss because no one believed me. A few months ago, I went in for a hearing test and discovered that I have a hole in my ear drum and severe nerve damage in both ears. I have only about 50% hearing in one ear and less than that in the other. Next week I'm having the hole repaired and after that, I'll be getting hearing aids. They say that my hearing will get progressively worse and I may go completely deaf. I really just want a friend or a few who understand what I'm going through because my family has been no help and my best friend just doesn't understand. Anyone would be welcome to contact me and I would really appreciate it!