Rob's Background

Disclaimer-Every hard of hearing person is different. These are just some of my personal experiences.

Hi. You already know that I have a hearing loss. But what is life like with a hearing loss? This Background page will tell you some of my experiences.When I was younger teachers did not think about, and in some cases, did not know, the fact that I am hard of hearing. My family and I did not know I was hard of hearing until I was about 7 years old. Hearing aid molds (the piece that fits in your ear) were really large back then, and I just did not want to be bothered wearing hearing aids. The teachers would put me in the back of the room. On my end, I just did not hear them, or if I did it would sound like faded speech or mumbling. They still repeated directions to me, but on their end, they thought I was not paying attention. They would get irritated, and tell me to pay better attention. It was stressful straining to hear, and still have teachers get irritated. Friends were more tolerant. I was a popular little kid because I am friendly, so friends were more tolerant. It was hard to respond appropriately all the time because I just was not hearing things 100 percent. Even friends got frustrated with me at times. Let’s fast forward to high school. The teachers knew by this time that I was hard of hearing. They put me in the front of the classroom. When I did not hear something, They would repeat the directions for me.

 

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Let’s fast-forward to high school. The teachers knew by this time that I was hard of hearing. They put me in the front of the classroom. When I did not hear something, They would repeat the directions for me. The above performance is of my high school band.I played the cymbals and am standing next to the marimba.