I recently got an email from a reader of this blog. Other than his grandmother, who has an age-related hearing loss, he's the only one in his family with a hearing loss. He shunned hearing aids as a child, and "hated my HA's all throughout childhood through University."
Now as an adult he's bought himself a pair of hearing aids and wondering how to tell his family about it. As far as his family knows, he still dislikes hearing aids.
What do you think? Should he sit his family down in the living room and tell them all about his aids and his thoughts about becoming more involved in the Deaf/HoH community? Should he let the news leak out gradually or even just wear the hearing aids around and let his family figure it out for himself?
He's welcoming any and all feedback anyone has. If you've been through a similar experience or can put yourself in his shoes and have some advice, leave a comment below or email me (link is to the right). Thanks for all your help.
J., I hope I've represented your quandary correctly in this post. Let me know if I got anything wrong!