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@julieo4

I too was an educator in a different field. While I tried to be open and honest with my students about my hearing loss, there were often times when embarrassment hit the mark. When I started using assistive technology, it helped. It also showed because one of my best 'tools' was a hand held microphone that connected to my hearing aids with a plug in wire. (Today those devices are wireless.) I have had former students tell me they admired me for being open and honest. One told me that her parents had benefitted from her experience watching me. The technology available today is far better than it was back then. Do you use any assistive technology?

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Thank you, Julie. I have not yet reached the point of using any aids. But I know I probably should be and it feels very depressing. As a musician, it marks me as failing in some way. Also, it is interesting that opthamology seems far more advance than audiology– e.g., with contact lenses your poor sight is completely hidden. Also, glasses seem to be a kind of fashion item, unlike hearing aids, which seem to be associated with aging. Altogether it is just depressing.

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