Not everyone I interact with knows about my hearing loss. I usually mention it only when necessary. Sometimes it doesn’t come up, but when it does, it can be a little awkward. Not for me, but for the normal hearing person:
I was working in a library. Students were using the computers, and I was sitting at my desk. It was hot, and my noisy fan was turned on in an attempt to keep the temperature more comfortable. Periodically, I glanced around to make sure no one was requesting my assistance. I knew the noisy fan would make it much more difficult for me to hear my name.
The next time I looked around, I saw an angry student looking at me. I asked if she needed my help, and she answered in the affirmative. I had helped her several times in the past, and knew that she spoke clearly and at a sufficient volume. After sitting down next to her, I detected a major attitude problem.
Me: “Looks like I need to tell you something - I’m hard of hearing, and didn’t hear you calling me.”
Tiffany: (Look of disbelief with attitude)
Me (turning my head to each side and pulling my hair back): “Really. I wear hearing aids.”
Tiffany: (Look of shock)
Me: “That’s why I always look directly at your face when you talk to me.”
Tiffany: (Mouth hangs open)
Deaf awareness? Check! Attitude adjustment? Check!