Imagine you’re sitting in class trying to listen to your teacher, but everything is so LOUD. Chairs screech. Two kids whisper and laugh. Vroom . . .A truck rumbles by the window. You strain to hear your teacher, but it’s impossible over all that noise.
My name is Azalea, and that’s what being in class can be like for me. No, I don’t have super hearing. In fact, it’s just the opposite: I actually have hearing loss in both ears.
Hearing impairments like mine are not that common: Only about 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with impaired hearing. On the other hand, about 15 percent of American adults have trouble hearing. Genetics, some illnesses, prolonged exposure to loud noise, and even brief exposure to extremely loud noise can all cause hearing impairments.
Living with hearing loss can be tough, but it’s also taught me to advocate for myself. Curious what life is like for me? Read on!