THIS SAYS IT ALL….OR AT LEAST MOST OF IT! Yes, I was 'shouting' with those CAPS.
Hard of hearing people have two big problems that are chronic:
1. As a group, hard of hearing people don't know what can help them beyond hearing aids which are considered by society to be a 'solution'. We, who use hearing aids know they are aids. They help, but do not resolve the problem. The 'solution is far more complex. Finding solutions means taking control, educating oneself, and not being led by advertising that markets denial and promises far more than products can provide.
2. They don't realize that change that comes through education & advocacy begins at the grass roots level. In order to solve a problem, the people who are affected by it must become involved in finding a solution.
As long as most of our collective energy is spent denying we have hearing loss and/or hiding it because we're embarrassed by it, progress in effecting change will be difficult and long. We have to get off our butts and speak up. We have to tell people what we need. First, we must know what we need.