I have a student who wears a behind the ear hearing aid. It is pink with cute little flower stickers on it. But, most people who don't know her would not know this. She usually hides her hearing aid with her long hair, at least at school.
I have told her many times that she shouldn't hide who she is and that perhaps she should try some day to show others her hearing aid. She looked at me as if I asked her to do something horrible like club a kitten to death.
I suggested that she can try tucking her hair behind her hearing aid just for a few moments while in class and see what happens. She rolled her eyes at this.
I watched her the other day in class, quietly doing her work. She looked at me and smiled and rolled her eyes. Then she slowly lifted her hand up to her right ear (where her hearing aid is) and carefully tucked a few strands of her hair behind her hearing aid. Her hearing aid was visible for a moment, I could make out the little flower stickers. Then suddenly, it disappeared. The hair covered it again. Then she smiled and tucked her hair behind the hearing aid, looked around and then hid it again. It was as if I was witnessing a hearing aid peek-a-boo game. She did this again for a few more minutes.
At the end she decided to leave her hair tucked behind her hearing aid for those within close proximity to see her hearing aid in all its pink and flower stickers glory.
I squealed silently inside with excitement. I tried to remain cool.
As I left the classroom, I looked at her and nodded at her (when really I wanted yell at her about how proud I was of her and give her a big hug while sobbing hysterically).
She simply nodded back and went back to her work.