You want to be courteous when you are talking to friends. At work, you want to look involved, even enthralled with what your manager/peers/customers are talking about. With family, you might find it less difficult to simply tune out the conversation and ask the person near you to repeat what you missed, just a little louder, please.
You have to move in a little closer when you’re on conference calls. You look for facial hints, listen for inflection, pay close attention to body language. You attempt to read people’s lips. And if everything else fails – you fake it.
Don’t fool yourself. You missed lots of the conversation, and you’re struggling to catch up. Life at home and tasks at work have become unjustifiably difficult and you are feeling aggravated and cut off due to years of progressive hearing loss.
Some research shows that situational factors like environmental acoustics, background noise, contending signals, and environmental awareness have a strong influence on the way we hear. But for people who suffer from hearing loss these factors are made even more challenging.
There are certain revealing habits that will raise your awareness of whether you’re in denial about how your hearing impairment is affecting your social and professional life:
- Leaning in When people are talking and unintentionally cupping your ear with your hand
- Asking people to repeat themselves over and over again
- Feeling as if people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
- Pretending to understand, only to later ask others what you missed
- Not able to hear people talking from behind you
- Finding it harder to hear over the phone
Hearing loss probably didn’t occur overnight even though it could feel as if it did. Acknowledging and seeking out help for hearing impairment is something that takes most individuals at least 7 years.
So if you’re detecting symptoms of hearing loss, you can bet that it’s been going on for some time unnoticed. Hearing loss is no joke so stop kidding yourself and schedule an appointment now.