After my experience traveling this past weekend and week I was thinking about something and wanted to bounce it off the community here. People with normal hearing generally assume people they interact with have normal hearing.
So, short of wearing a shirt or a lapel button that announces one is hard of hearing (which I have actually encountered before; a groomer at the Petco we used before we moved cross country wore a button that said along the lines of “I am hard of hearing please face me and speak clearly”), has anyone purposefully chosen a more “prominent” style of aid like an ITE or BTE with earmolds against the advice of their audiologist that a CIC/IIC/RIC could meet the need for their loss? I wonder if this would work toward breaking the stigma but also to say to others “hey, need a little help here”? Is this even a thing that CAN be done? Seems like yeah but I am claiming new guy still so
I am doing an IIC trial but I was giving this some thought as (1) my audi said RIC or IIC for me and (2) some folks seem to be REALLY hung up on others not knowing they are hard of hearing or deaf (trust me, they probably know).