In conversation with friends, you like to be courteous. You want your clients, colleagues, and manager to recognize that you’re totally involved when you’re at work. You often find yourself needing family to repeat themselves because it was less difficult to tune out parts of the discussion that you couldn’t hear very well.
You need to lean in a little closer when you’re on conference calls. You look for facial cues, listen for inflection, and tune in to body language. You read lips. And if everything else fails – you fake it.
Don’t fool yourself. You missed a lot of what was said, and you’re struggling to keep up. You may not recognize it, but years of progressive hearing loss can have you feeling cut off and frustrated, making projects at work and life at home needlessly difficult.
The ability for a person to hear is impacted by situational variables such as background noise, contending signals, room acoustics, and how acquainted they are with their surroundings, according to research. But for people who suffer from hearing loss, these factors are made even more difficult.
Watch out for these behaviors
There are some revealing habits that will alert you to whether you’re in denial about how your hearing loss is impacting your social and professional life:
- Asking others what was said after pretending you heard what they were saying
- Feeling as if people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
- Having a difficult time hearing what others behind you are saying
- Missing important parts of phone conversations
- Asking people to repeat themselves over and over again
- Leaning in When people are talking and unintentionally cupping your ear with your hand
Hearing loss probably didn’t take place overnight even though it may feel as if it did. Acknowledging and seeking out help for hearing loss is something that takes most people 7 years or more.
That means that if your hearing loss is problematic now, it has probably been going unaddressed and neglected for some time. Hearing loss is no joke so stop kidding yourself and make an appointment now.