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I taught university students. Presumably a student with hearing loss would be wearing a hearing aid, just as a person with impaired vision would be wearing glasses (usually).. Or, he might always sit in front in order to hear better. A deaf student would never be in a my class, since he could not hear the lectures. I do not think less of any person with a handicap; if anything, they get credit for working against their disadvantage. I do not think people would think less of me. But I know that a musician wearing a hearing aid is self-identified as deficient in his own field. Already, the need to adjust playing my instrument so to avoid higher volumes basically means that I cannot practice my profession properly. Thank you for your interest.

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I'm sorry you are not getting the support you need. Yes, hearing loss is a disability. It is not a sign of aging, nor is it a sign of intellectual ineptness or inability. Many hearing aids do not show, so you would not necessarily know if someone in your presence was using them.

I know several musicians who use hearing technology, and are thankful that technology is available to them.

Research shows that untreated hearing loss can lead to depression. Depression can lead to many other problems. You say you are depressed. Are you getting help for that? I hope so.

I encourage you to get hearing help, protect the hearing you have, and find ways to make the adjustments necessary to live a good life. As a bonus, you may even find ways to help others who experience what you are experiencing now.

You can do this.

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