While the video is a good short discussion of hearing loss, my major complaint is with the speaker who has the “really cute tiny hearing aids.”
She mentioned that you can’t see them. This only reinforces the stigma of wearing hearing aids. We are trying to hide them as if we are ashamed of them or we don’t want anyone to notice them. The biggest offenders are the people advertising and marketing these devices as “almost invisible”.
Those types of comments by the industry or anyone else, like the speaker on this panel, only discourage potential users and lead people to think that hearing loss is shameful and their fault.
Hopefully the insurance companies will get their heads out of the sand and start covering hearing aids as necessary medical devices. Not everyone is capable of having cochlear implants.