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To Julie– thank you so much for your friendly, understanding comments. In fact, I do not know (or at least am not aware of) anyone else with hearing loss. As said, I am a musician, and there are numerous people in the audience at my performances who are probably much older than I am, and I have never seen any of them with a hearing aid. And speaking to them, they appear to hear everything. I'm sure I could have a much better attitude, but as someone who has taken much care of my health in general, and never went to rock concerts or similar noisy events, this comes a a great shock.

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It might help to know that nearly 20% of the population in the United States has some degree of hearing loss. That includes people of all ages. You are not alone.

I don't know where you live, but if there is a chapter of HLAA in your area, seek them out. Many chapters have started meeting on Zoom due to the pandemic. The good news is that many of those meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend them.

There is a big difference between being Deaf or being hard of hearing. Deaf people (capital D Deaf), generally use manual communication and consider themselves part of a unique culture. They are a small minority as in fewer than 5% of the 'hearing impaired' population, but they get a lot of attention. That can be misleading because people think we are all like that.

Hard of hearing people, in general, want to remain in the hearing world. It's up to them to learn how to do that.

Have you had your hearing tested by a clinical audiologist? If so, what have they recommended for you?

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