The True Story of How Show Me Your Ears Began

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The birth of Show Me Your Ears took place in my minivan.

While sitting in the car outside my hearing aid provider’s office last year, I reeled with painful emotions. A hearing test revealed my deepest fear: I had lost more hearing. Worse yet, the hearing aids I wore were no longer powerful enough to accommodate the progression of loss. I loved those hearing aids because they were comfortable and, let’s face it, small enough to be unnoticeable. I could hide them from the world. Before acquiring them, I wore a chunky, uncomfortable pair. They were also quite powerful, but I didn’t like them because they were visible to everyone.

After the hearing test, I remembered I had the older, chunkier hearing aids tucked inside my purse. My hearing aid provider was able to reprogram these aids to work with my progressive loss. In the car rearview mirror, I glanced…

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