What are hearing braids?
Do you wear hearing aids?
That’s almost always one of the top 5 questions I get asked about being deaf.
The answer is sometimes.
Hell, I even used to wear hearing braids.
Huh? What’s a hearing braid?
It is amazing how technology progress, isn’t it?
I mean, I grew up in a time when Atari was the must-have device in any household if you liked to play games. Never mind Playstation and all those new-fangled gaming devices these days that lets you put on a VR goggle and everyone watches you flop around.
Anyways, hearing aids have quite a ways from the 1970s.
You probably guessed in this featured image which one of the two handsome fellas is me, I wore my ear molds in my ears but my hearing aids were stuffed in a pair of holders on my chest.
I admit it. I wore bras.
It was not a phase.
That’s right, folks.
Make no mistakes about this.
I wore my hearing aids the same way a lady wears bras.
So those are hearing braids?
Yes, it’s a play on words (in case you missed the joke). I simply merged the letter A in bra and aid to better frame hearing braids.
Because of the technology at the time and the amount of power required to use these hearing aids at the time, they were literally boxes that were fitted into holders worn on a bra-like strap.
Ladies, believe me, I can feel your pain when the bra jiggles. If I didn’t strap my hearing braids on the right way, sometimes these puppies flew up hitting me in the face whenever I did somersaults.
Fast forward to now…
Thankfully, the world has moved on from this trend to both “behind the ear” and “in the ear” hearing aids.
I admit though I miss those hearing braids sometimes.
I felt like Superman only instead of wearing my underwear outside of my pants, I wore my hearing braids outside of my shirts.
How cool is that?
Look at it another way, at the very least, I could cover my nipples up if I wanted to be too sexy for my shirts.
All joking aside, do you wear hearing aids?
Yes, I do but not all the time.
I used to wear them on both ears but I got tired of all the noises. I finally related to the older generations who used call the 1980s rock music as a bunch of noises (unlike the suave sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Band).
No, not the Who.
I’m talking about the rip and roaring smoothy silky sounds of trumpets, trombones and whatever other instruments they played in that band from the 1960s. That was music. (Check out their samples on Amazon if you like to listen to music.)
Over the years, I realized I prefer being deaf to wearing hearing aids.
Hearing aids are more of a luxury for me to enjoy movie soundtracks or some funky music that will drive me up till dawn.
From time to time, they do come in handy but not always.
Like the time I jumped into the pool and found out they didn’t work underwater.