In conversation with friends, you like to be courteous. You want your clients, colleagues, and supervisor to recognize that you’re completely involved when you’re at work. With family, you might find it easier to just tune out the conversation and ask the person next to you to fill in what you missed, just a bit louder, please.
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 none of that works, you nod as if you heard everything.
Maybe you’re in denial. You’re struggling to keep up because you missed most of the conversation. Life at home and projects at work have become unjustifiably difficult and you are feeling aggravated and cut off due to years of progressive hearing loss.
The ability for a person to hear is influenced by situational factors like 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 challenging.
Watch out for these behaviors
There are certain revealing habits that will alert you to whether you’re in denial about how your hearing impairment is affecting your professional life:
- Cupping your ear with your hand or leaning in close to the person talking without noticing it
- Asking people to repeat themselves over and over again
- Missing important parts of phone conversations
- Pretending to comprehend, only to later ask others what you missed
- Having a hard time hearing what others behind you are saying
- Feeling like people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
Hearing loss probably didn’t take place overnight even though it could feel that way. Most people wait 7 years on average before accepting the issue and seeking help.
So if you’re detecting symptoms of hearing loss, you can be sure that it’s been occurring for some time undetected. Begin by making an appointment now, and stop kidding yourself, hearing loss is no joke.