You want to be polite when you are talking with friends. You want your clients, colleagues, and supervisor to recognize that you’re fully engaged when you’re at work. With family, you may find it less difficult to simply tune out the conversation and ask the person next to you to repeat what you missed, just a bit louder, please.
On zoom calls you lean in closer. You pay attention to body language and facial clues and listen for verbal inflections. You read lips. And if none of that works, you nod in understanding as if you heard everything.
Maybe your in denial. Your straining to catch up because you missed most of the conversation. Life at home and projects at work have become unnecessarily overwhelming and you are feeling frustrated and isolated due to years of cumulative hearing loss.
Some research shows that situational factors including room acoustics, background noise, contending signals, and situational awareness have a major influence on the way a person hears. These factors are always in play, but it can be a lot more severe for individuals who suffer from hearing loss.
Here are some habits to help you identify whether you are, in fact, fooling yourself into thinking hearing loss is not impacting your professional and social relationships, or whether it’s just the acoustics in their environment:
- Asking others what was said after pretending to hear what someone was saying
- Having a difficult time hearing what others behind you are saying
- Feeling as if people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
- Cupping your ear with your hand or leaning in close to the person talking without realizing it
- Asking people to repeat themselves again and again… and again
- Finding it harder to hear phone conversations
While it may feel like this crept up on you suddenly, chances are your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight. Most people wait an average of 7 years before accepting the problem and seeking help.
This means if your hearing loss is an issue now, it has most likely been going un-addressed and neglected for some time. Hearing loss is no joke so stop fooling yourself and schedule an appointment now.