I finally decided to wear my hearing loss rather than hide it

Nick Button at The Guardian:

I was also exhausted: exhausted at missing out on the nuances of conversation; exhausted from asking people to repeat themselves and always feeling the need to apologise; exhausted at missing out on song lyrics; exhausted by feeling irritated at competing with other voices; exhausted at finding my way through distortions that came with noise in all its shapes.

I am not deaf, but I do have gaps in my hearing at high and low frequencies. My partner recently encouraged me to try hearing aids, and I came upon Nick’s article some time afterwards, and it resonated with me.