I couldn't believe it when I read this article from About.com about Mayor Bloomberg getting news coverage over his hearing aid. The articles that are linked from the blog post are just silly. In the first one, you can see a photo of the mayor's ITE hearing aid, which actually looks more obvious than other in-the-canal aids I've seen before.
I just don't understand why the media would be so fascinated by what should be something as normal as wearing eyeglasses. 36 million American adults (that's just adults) have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. How many of those people with loss feel encouraged and open about their loss based upon the fact that one man's hearing aid is considered news?
Seriously. I don't blame the mayor at all for his terse response to a question about his aids. He may be a public figure but hearing aids just aren't one of those remarkable things that should make the news. Not to mention that according to one of the articles, he wore the aid "while visiting the construction site of the No. 7 train." If somebody can't wear a hearing aid at a loud construction site without attracting notice, when can they?