In conversation with friends, you want to be courteous. You want your clients, co-workers, and boss to recognize that you’re totally engaged when you’re at work. With family, you might find it less difficult to just tune out the conversation and ask the person next to you to repeat what you missed, just a bit louder, please.
You have to lean in a little closer when you’re on conference calls. You watch for facial cues, listen for inflection, pay close attention to body language. You read lips. And if none of that works, you nod in understanding as if you heard everything.
Maybe your in denial. You missed a lot of the conversation, and you’re struggling to catch up. You might not know it, but years of cumulative hearing loss can have you feeling isolated and discouraged, making projects at work and life at home needlessly overwhelming.
According to some studies, situational factors like room acoustics, background noise, contending signals, and situational awareness have a major influence on how a person hears. These factors are always in play, but it can be much more extreme for people who are suffering from hearing loss.
Here are some habits to help you determine whether you are, in truth, fooling yourself into thinking hearing impairment isn’t impacting your social and professional interactions, or whether it’s simply the acoustics in their environment:
- Asking people to repeat themselves again and again… and again
- Pretending to comprehend, only to follow up with others to get about what was said
- Leaning in When people are talking and unintentionally cupping your hand over your ear
- Missing what people are saying when on phone conversations
- Unable to hear others talking from behind you
- Thinking others aren’t speaking clearly when all you seem to hear is mumbling
Hearing loss most likely didn’t happen overnight even though it could feel as if it did. Acknowledging and seeking out help for hearing loss is something that takes most individuals 7 years or more.
So if you’re detecting symptoms of hearing loss, you can be sure that it’s been going on for some time unnoticed. Hearing loss is no joke so stop fooling yourself and make an appointment right away.