Here’s Why I’ve Embraced Them
Originally written by Stephanie Newman on August 7, 2019
Published on healthline
Photo by Fabio Scaletta
The root of my self-consciousness, I realized, wasn’t my hearing loss, it was the stigma I had associated with it.
I realized I’d been equating aging with embarrassment, and disability with shame.
Though I’ll never fully understand the complexities of navigating this world as a deaf person, my hearing loss revealed to me that disability is accompanied by a far wider range of emotion than stigma suggests.
I’ve cycled through self-acceptance, nonchalance, even pride.
Now I wear my hearing aids as an emblem of my ears’ maturity. And as a millennial finding my footing in New York, it’s a relief not to feel young and inexperienced at something. Read more
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