We like chunky glasses frames, the ones where the wearer sends the clearest signal possible that they need eye correction. The Buddy Holly is cute on little boys, geeky-chic on high school girls and hip on, well, hipsters.
So what’s with the strange aversion to anything that signals bad hearing? Around 36 million Americans have some sort of hearing loss. But I had an uncle with a thunderous laugh simply because he would not wear a hearing aid. Loud and clear to him and many others, a hearing aid transmitted a certain oldness that somehow laughing-for-two didn’t. We need to get over it.
Enter the ear trumpet.