So, because Thursdays are just terrible, I bring you this, yet another installment of “Hey, it’s not so bad.”



Anthony Smith cannot hear out of his right ear and suffers from hearing loss in his other ear. The 4-year-old from Salem wears a hearing aid, but he woke up one day and decided he wouldn’t put it on.

Anthony told his mother that superheroes don’t wear hearing aids.


Legit concern. He’s 4 years old, and is likely extremely self conscious about his hearing aid. He loves superheros, because they don’t have the same problems as the rest of us, they’re heroic and awesome!

His mom writes Marvel. The writers and illustrators at Marvel respond “This will not do. This, is up with which we will not put.”

Yeah. They create and illustrate a superhero that has a hearing aid. Why “Blue Ear?”

Marvel responded with the image of a superhero known as Hawkeye, a superhero who lost 80-percent of his hearing and wears hearing aids.

Marvel didn’t stop there. They later sent Anthony a drawing of a new superhero, “Blue Ear.” The character is named after Anthony’s hearing aid, which he and his mother have always called blue ear.



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