I stumbled across this news article the other day.
To sum it up, a forth grader with a hearing disability saw a kindergartner wearing hearing aids, so he went up the kindergartner and introduced himself. The kindergartner was thrilled to meet another child with hearing aids.
The two boys have become friends, due to their shared experience. They are able to work together to teach other kids about their disability and how hearing aids work.
They can also help each other navigate through obstacles and pitfalls that occur when you have a hearing disability in childhood.
This article touched my heart, because I too have a hearing disability that started in early childhood. I wasn’t lucky enough to meet another hearing disabled child, so I often struggled alone.
Even as an adult, if I run into a young person with a hearing aid I feel an immediate connection. I want to talk to them about their experiences, how they handle certain situations, and how having a hearing disability has impacted their life.
Growing up with a hearing impairment is a unique experience and not something most people can understand. I am glad these boys found each other.