In conversation with friends, you like to be courteous. At work, you want to look involved, even enthralled with what your supervisor/peers/customers are saying. You frequently find yourself asking family to repeat themselves because it was less difficult to tune out parts of the conversation that you couldn’t hear very well.
You have to lean in a little closer when you’re on zoom calls. You pay attention to body language and facial cues and listen for verbal inflections. You read lips. And if all else fails – you fake it.
Maybe you’re in denial. You’re struggling to keep up because you missed most of what was said. You might not realize it, but years of progressive hearing loss can have you feeling isolated and discouraged, making tasks at work and life at home needlessly difficult.
According to some studies, situational factors including room acoustics, background noise, competing signals, and situational awareness have a major influence on the way we hear. But for people who have hearing loss, these factors are made even more difficult.
Look out for these behaviors
There are certain tell-tale behaviors that will alert you to whether you’re in denial about how your hearing impairment is impacting your social and professional life:
- Having a hard time hearing what people behind you are saying
- Cupping your ear with your hand or leaning in close to the person talking without noticing it
- Asking others what was said after pretending you heard what they were saying
- Constantly needing to ask people to repeat themselves
- Missing what people are saying when on phone conversations
- Feeling like people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
Hearing loss most likely didn’t occur overnight even though it might feel as if it did. Most people wait an average of 7 years before accepting the issue and finding help.
So if you’re detecting symptoms of hearing loss, you can be sure that it’s been occurring for some time undetected. Hearing loss is no joke so stop fooling yourself and make an appointment right away.