This May it’s Deaf Awareness Week,
And it’s visibility that we seek.
I have a hearing aid in one ear,
On diagnosis I was filled with fear,
But meeting others and making friends,
Has calmed my anxiety and made amends,
For the shock and lonliness I once felt,
From this hearing diagnosis I was dealt.
I love my hearing aid now you see,
There’s no one else I’d rather be,
It’s useful I can’t hear some of the chat,
That pollutes our world but more than that,
I’m learning to lip read and be more aware,
To face others and to bare –
My mouth so others can see,
The words that are spilling out of me.
To be conscious of environments that are too loud,
Avoiding the centre of a crowd,
Speaking clearly but not to patronise,
And I’m becoming wise,
To repeating and never saying “it doesn’t matter”,
Why should anyone miss out on the chatter.
My hearing aid doesn’t mean I don’t understand,
It means I might need a helping hand,
I’m still just as clever and alert as you,
You don’t need to dull down the things you do,
Just smile, say hello and be aware,
And if I show you, you don’t have to stare,
Im still just me with a little extra hearing assistance,
Really I’m just living an X-Men type existence!