Some of you may recall my C.I. broke last November. So I've been totally deaf for almost four months now (aside from the stupid Tinnitus noise). After a botched appointment in January, I'm finally going to the audiologist tomorrow (March 3rd)! I do hope it's when I finally get a new C.I. and not just "now fill out this paperwork and we'll get started..." B.S.
If all goes well I'll be getting a new Advanced Bionics Naida in "Caribbean Blue", which is a bold switch for me. After years of "covering up" my hearing aids and my first C.I. was colored "Burnt Sienna" so it'd match my Brown hair, I've decided to just show it off!
"Why do people want to cover up their Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants, and why do others show them off?"
What I've read in forums and groups and what I've experienced, the reason why people cover up boils down to two things which intertwine with each other:
It used to be that hearing aids were big and bulky and only available in one beige color; earmolds were big blobs of pink rubber; and cochlear implants had several parts to wear with lots of wires running all over. Nowadays, hearing aids, earmolds and cochlear implants are much smaller, come in a variety of colors and can be customized for the user! Check out this great site "Show Me Your Ears" of users decorating and showing off their "ears". There's even websites that sell "bling" for your hearing aid/cochlear implant, I love the one at SkinIt and wish they had one for "The Walking Dead". I'd probably will get the University of Arkansas one where my son is planning to attend after High School.
So what's your stance on this debate? Vote in the Poll:
My stance now is "Show it Off"! Firstly, it shows people that I'm Deaf and it's the reason why I'm "ignoring" them. Secondly, I don't give a rat's ass anymore if you stare (hell I can't even SEE you staring at me anymore). I'm open to answering questions and sating curiosity, but be prepared for sarcasm if you ask a stupid one, "Oh you're Deaf, lemme help, here's a Braille menu"
So...Hoping I'll be hearing you soon!
One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon