One girl recently decided to make her invisible hearing impairment a bit more visible — and she got some awesome body art in the process.
Imgur user raingoose can't hear out of her left hear, so she got a tattoo as a "friendly (way) to remind the world not to talk to (her) from the left."
The tattoo is of a speaker with an 'X' next to it, and it appears near her left ear. She posted the photo to image-sharing site Imgur, and it has gained more than 2.5 million views within a day.
She explained in the comments that the tattoo wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Instead, she wrote, "Be sure that I thought this through and after weeks of through (sic) thinking I decided that this symbol describes it the best."
Some commenters suggested a microphone would have been better than a speaker to indicate that she couldn't hear.
Raingoose responded, "I thought that people won't talk to me at all if I chose the mic."
"Or rather, that they think I cannot speak at all," she added. "I may be a stutterer, but I can still articulate myself.'
She also had a message for anyone else who may not be able to hear so well: "I know — it sucks so bad, but eventually you'll get used to it and it will be a tiny little thing that is a part of you."
That's not the only takeaway for some Imgur users. DactylicHexameter wrote, "As someone who's deaf in one ear (left side too!), I'm totally stealing your idea!"
Chaseman8 chimed in, "I am also deaf in my left ear 'skateboarding head trauma', and I love this idea as it can be difficult in social places. I like the humor."