Like many children with hearing loss, Brittany Kaplan knew how to fake it.
Even as a five-year-old, before her hearing loss was diagnosed, she was terrified of getting her hearing checked by the school speech pathologist, she says.
And for good reason. Brittany was so skilled at lip-reading that it wasn’t until that dreaded hearing test that her parents even knew about her hearing loss. For years following, Brittany faced numerous audiology appointments, but she never understood why. By the time she was in third grade, she was fit with hearing aids.
“I was completely devastated,” she says, “I did not want anything to do with them.”