I won this badge from Liz for a contest she sponsored on her forum (no longer an active site). It reads "Hard of hearing. Please speak clearly." So far I've worn it twice at work during my reference desk shifts. It's fairly small and discreet. The only people who commented on it were two of my male coworkers.
Even though, I had my hearing aids reprogrammed, I am still having trouble hearing people at the reference desk. Sigh. I'm hoping that by wearing this badge, I will feel more confident about asking patrons to speak louder. I also hope that I can just point to it if I have a patron who persists in speaking softly or misinterprets my need for a repeat. I hate being thought of as stupid. The ideal badge would read something like "Absolutely brilliant person here who just happens to have bad hearing. Willing to help you but needs to understand what you are saying first." Heh, what do you think?
Until that one becomes available, if you would like to order a badge like the one Liz gave me, I found it online at Hearing Concern Link. There is also an American store online at Zazzle.