Interesting look at the impact of increasing the visibility of medical devices.

My husband wears hearing aids and I know this is A Thing for him, too. He’s gone through phases of trying to hide them (or just outright deny he needs them in the first place) due to fear of social retaliation, but that’s faded over the years. Now they’re more likely to be a conversation starter with other hearing-impaired people he meets. Or, yanno. A good way to get upgrades to business class on domestic flights.1

  1. Some explanation: for whatever reason, Hubby often finds himself in exit row seating on planes. I’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but you can’t sit in exit row seats if you wear hearing aids; it’s on the little instruction sheet they give out. He’s tried to get the airline to stop “upgrading” him in this way but, I guess because he’s gone through periods where he flies a lot, they keep insisting on doing him this “favor”. Meaning he has to keep telling the flight attendant he needs to move. The attendants are always really apologetic, and ask him to pick whatever free seat he wants. So, exasperated, he finally started picking empty business class seats. Attendants are not so enthusiastic about this, but they’re also not enthusiastic about the prospect of getting angry phonecalls from disability advocacy groups, either. So they cave. Apparently the first time Hubby got upgraded in this way, the rest of the plane gave him a round of applause. []