Too Much Bud?

, , , , | Learning | February 8, 2021

I am a hard-of-hearing college student. I own hearing aids but only ever use them for class because I find them very uncomfortable. My current pair is Bluetooth and connects to my phone. This happens about two years ago when I first get them. I am walking to my classroom and putting in my hearing aids and turning them on so I can have a moment to let them sync. Another student grabs my arm.

Student: “Woah, dude, those are some interesting buds.”

Me: *Extremely confused* “Buds?”

Student: “You know, your earbuds? What brand are they? They look super secure.”

I stare at him for a second, admittedly mentally fried because it is early and I am heading to a class I dread taking.

Me: “Ohhh! You don’t want these. They are hearing aids.”

Student: “I haven’t heard of that brand— Wait. Never mind. Congrats on hearing, man.”

He patted me on the shoulder and kept walking. It was a weird semi-wholesome interaction, and it kept me giggling throughout my next class.

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