Midweeks on Mute: The Invisible Friend

Not to be funny, but this week’s question is probably quite a big one for younger folk, especially teenagers since their confidence is so often in their boots.

Will my hearing aid be obvious?

To the surprise of the audiologist, this wasn’t a concern for me. Because the first suggestion of a diagnosis was Meniere’s Syndrome, the idea that all I had was hearing loss and vestibular migraines was joyous news. A problem that had the potential to be lifelong and progressively more inconvenient and unpleasant wasn’t that bad and could be helped by something as simple as a hearing aid. Such wonderful news meant that my appearance was of little concern, I was just happy that I didn’t have what the doctor first suspected.

Anyway, all that to say that it didn’t bother me at first. It did later but only because of the way that some of the people I met reacted.

Once more, it depends very much on the kind of hearing aid you have. The plug into your head ones can’t be easy to hide although I suppose that if you are a girl you could grow your hair out. The moulds are less obvious but still visible, you might notice them in older people if you catch their profile. All the ones I’ve come across have been clear or skin coloured though, making them significantly subtler. Hearing aids like Dana are practically invisible and people don’t tend to notice them unless you are the sort of person who likes to wear hearing aid charms.  (Sadly, this is not a sponsored post but they are pretty cool.)

The things which will draw attention to your aid are:

  • You actually tell people.
  • You play with it all the time.
  • It’s not sitting right and someone notices.
  • The light catches the tube in exactly the right way that it catches someone’s eye.
  • It tells you that it is running out of battery and makes you jump unexpectedly.

It’s just one of those things. Yes, it will feel really obvious to you but the more funny you are about it, the more likely people are to notice that something is up. In time you will start seeing it as a normal part of you and you’ll hopefully stop worrying so much.

The truth is that your hearing aid is not obvious and most folks simply won’t notice. Those who do might be curious but they soon lose interest if you play it cool. I’ll talk about the things they ask and say another time.

Don’t worry! Think of it like a cool spy gadget hidden away behind your ear.

PS. I just discovered that you can get these cool little guys too. What’s not to like?

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