For some of us, Christmas revolved around hearing aids, cochlear implants, and sign language. Hearing loss didn’t keep us from enjoying the gift of conversation with loved ones. We have learned to advocate for ourselves by showing off our hearing devices and letting our fingers do the talking.
Lipreading Mom launched the Show Me Your Ears Campaign this summer to erase the stigma associated with hearing loss. If we show off our ears—and quit hiding our hearing aids and cochlear implants—people will get to know us better. In honor of this campaign, I present to you some of my favorite Show Me Your Ears photos from the past year, along with a few new ones. Enjoy!
This nice man came up to me at church on Sunday and said, “I like Show Me Your Ears. Wanna see mine?” He pulled out his hearing aids for all to see… Merry Christmas!
Niall, 7, has been wearing hearing aids since the age of 16 months old. His ear molds feature a Batman design. Cute Snowman, too!
Hayleigh Scott is the brainchild behind the company Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms, which designs charms for hearing aids and cochlear implants. Hayleigh celebrates her own hearing loss in a beautiful way, don’t you think?
Can’t you just feel the Christmas love from Tommy’s smile and hands?
Ellie, who was born without ears, wears devices that help her to hear.
Dan dressed up his hearing aids with turquoise rhinestones.
Stevie from the UK really blinged up her hearing aids for the holidays.
Blue is my favorite holiday color, so of course it was my choice when selecting my new Verso hearing aids from ReSound.
Sveta’s burgundy cochlear implants complement a Christmas wardrobe.
My friend, Melany, and I performed a sign language rendition of “O Holy Night” the Sunday before Christmas at church. Here she is, waiting to go on stage.
Christmas is a magical time for children, especially when they can hear all the glorious holiday sounds. Little Gavin celebrates one year with his hearing aids soon.
Show Me Your Ears
Send in your photo for the campaign today. Visit the official page to find out how. Happy holidays…and hearing!
Thank you, Liz. Have a wonderful New Year!
I really love this campaign! I don’t have a hearing deficit (not unless you ask my husband :). but I do teach students with multiple disabilities and use sign in the classroom. Some of my students have worn hearing aids and some pull them out and throw them across the room when they’re mad :). I just found you on twitter!
Lisa – Welcome to my blog. I appreciate your support!