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thodson3 (@thodson3)

Sharing the burden of hearing loss

Hearing Loss | Last Active: Aug 24, 2019 | Replies (23)

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@raykraemer

Thodson3 – Several times I have had to approach "friends" because I could see they felt it was okay to ridicule me and make me the butt of jokes because of my hearing disability. I explained that hearing loss is a disability just as a physical limitations is a disability. They always back off and apologize and say they really never thought of it as a disability.
Ray

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@raykraemer Yes, hearing loss is often not recognized as a "disability." The reason may be that it is associated with old age, and old folks are freely the butt of jokes (granny, old guy, eh? what'ed you say? etc.) Remember, the youth culture is dominant. Over 40 = over the hill. Not to mention over 70.

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