You want to be courteous when you’re talking with friends. You want your customers, co-workers, and supervisor to recognize that you’re completely engaged when you’re at work. You frequently find yourself needing family to repeat themselves because it was less difficult to tune out parts of the conversation that you weren’t able to hear very well.
You have to move 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 try to read people’s lips. And if that doesn’t work, you nod in understanding as if you heard everything.
Don’t fool yourself. You missed lots of the conversation, and you’re straining to keep up. Life at home and tasks at work have become unnecessarily difficult and you are feeling aggravated and isolated due to years of progressive hearing loss.
The ability for someone to hear is influenced by situational variables including background sound, contending signals, room acoustics, and how acquainted they are with their environment, according to studies. But for individuals who suffer from hearing loss these factors are made even more challenging.
There are some revealing behaviors that will alert you to whether you’re in denial about how your hearing loss is affecting your professional life:
- Missing important parts of phone conversations
- Constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves
- Leaning in When people are talking and unintentionally cupping your hand over your ear
- Asking others what you missed after pretending to hear what someone was saying
- Thinking others aren’t speaking clearly when all you seem to hear is mumbling
- Not able to hear others talking from behind you
Hearing loss most likely didn’t occur overnight even though it could feel as if it did. Most people wait 7 years on average before accepting the issue and seeking help.
This means if your hearing loss is an issue now, it has probably been going un-addressed and untreated for some time. So start by making an appointment right away, and stop kidding yourself, hearing loss is no joke.