An Artistic Look at My Hearing Aids

It took me two years before I’d let this much of myself show.
My bottle blonde hair
and palette of cosmetics
usually help me blend in with the other moms
who drive their children to sporting events
on a warm summer afternoon.
I turn the wheel,
hoping to avoid the stark reflection
that stares back in the rearview mirror.

A profile of me with the low ponytail says it all:
There is something different about me.

I am wearing hearing aids.

My Starkey Destiny ‘Open Fit’ hearing aids perched atop a sleek black background

My hearing aid bling from Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms…and a smile!

This is who I am.
I am slowly going deaf.
This was meant to happen,
to help me hear beyond what comes through
flawed ears.

– From the poem ‘Different’ by Lipreading Mom Shanna Groves


What do you think of my hearing aids?


26 thoughts on “An Artistic Look at My Hearing Aids

  1. They’re so wee! 🙂 I love the bling.

    Love the poem, and I hope that some day you don’t feel your ears are flawed. Embrace your ears, hearing aids and all. You’re gorgeous, just the way you are.

  2. A) They’re practically invisible. B) I agree with Indi. C) You’re actively helping to change the world. D) Did you see my post on Lyrics, and if so, what are your thoughts. E) Did I mention that I agree with Indi?

  3. I don’t believe your ears are flawed. They are perfect in God’s eyes. God made your ears this way for a purpose. I know it doesn’t make it any easier for you to “hear” that but you are just the way he wanted to create you. I don’t believe he creates “flaws”. Trust me, I feel like most of my body is flawed, my spine, my hips, my knee that has a torn meniscus, my digestive tract, my kidneys and my vascular system….my Behcet’s Disease. I want it all healed and want it done NOW. I know he can fix all of it but after praying for healing for 6 years now, I have accepted that he chooses not to “fix” me for one reason or another. I too, feel flawed but know that God made me this way for a purpose. I don’t know what that purpose is but I have seen so many blessings come out of my “flawed” body. I have quit looking at it as an obstacle in my life but have looked for the blessings that have come from it. For example, I can’t work any longer due to my physical health and I did enjoy working and the income BUT because I cannot work I have a lot more time to spend with my family and be more involved with the girl’s schools. Don’t get me wrong, I have days that I am sad or angry about my health and see no good in it. It isn’t all roses around here. LOL. I’m just saying that we may see flaws or junk in the mirror but God doesn’t make junk!!!

    I think your hearing aids are beautiful and they are a part of who you are, not what you look like. Love you Shanna!!

  4. I agree that you – and the others – and I – are not flawed. (The Tuesday morning ladies’ Bible class I attend at a friend’s house is now studying “You’re ALREADY Amazing!” by Holley Gerth. It deals with a few such things as how we feel about our outward looks, when we should be more concerned with what we are on the inside.) I’ve had to wear glasses since I was a teen, and never been ashamed to show them off … I got HAs when I was 61 and they’ve never been a big deal to me. I guess my not growing up with a HL, I simply don’t understand all this “hiding” … and I became legally blind when I was 59 … I think it’s great that you have “come out of hiding” … I love little Hayleigh Scott’s ideas, and all her HA charms!

  5. I am not ashamed of nor embarrassed by my hearing aid. The reality is that these days people don’t even see hearing aids.

    My Phonak Naida sits down in my ear (the ear mold) and the back is flesh colored and sits behind my ear. It does argue with my classes and sometimes I get a sore ear from that, but whatcha gonna do?

    I’ve waited for someone to say, “Why are you wearing a hearing aid?” so I could say, “I couldn’t afford a fancy ring, but my insurance covers hearing aids, so I got one of those instead.” No one ever has. Darn. ;^)

  6. Thanks for this post Shanna. You have a knack for coming up with ideas to discuss that really hit home. I have always worn my hair just long enough to pretty much hide mine. The new ones I recently received are bigger than the old ones were. It is hot here in the summer and I finally dropped the vanity and lost the 70’s hair style. It is so much cooler. I was self conscious about it at first but I found a scripture that helped me realize this is who I am supposed to be.

    Romans 9:20 NIV – 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?”

    And by the way the BLING is pretty sharp. Nice job.

  7. I think you are beautiful and no one will notice that you are using hearing aids. They don’t show very much anyway. I like your hearing aid bling too.

  8. Pingback: 5 Ways to Bring a Little Bling to your Child’s Hearing Aids (and CIs) | Krystyann Krywko, Ed. D.

  9. Have a look at
    this is a blog that teaches you how to make your own hearing aid decorations, from dangling charms to tube twists. It is really easy! My 9 year old daughter started this blog to teach with other kids and parents how to make their own decorations. Having beautiful aids is essential to her self-esteem.

  10. Your poem about getting hearing aids was really inspiring. I’m actually surprised how well they blend it, you can barely even notice them behind your ear. Although, I have never thought that wearing hearing aids makes a person different, other than improving their hearing of course! I wouldn’t mind wearing a slim pair like the ones you have.

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