Woman leans into zoom call because she is having trouble hearing.

In conversation with friends, you like to be courteous. You want your clients, co-workers, and boss to recognize that you’re fully involved when you’re at work. 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 move in a little closer when you’re on zoom calls. You look for facial hints, listen for inflection, pay close attention to body language. You read lips. And if everything else fails – you fake it.

Don’t fool yourself. Your struggling to catch up because you missed most of the conversation. You may not realize it, but years of progressive hearing loss can have you feeling isolated and discouraged, making tasks at work and life at home unnecessarily difficult.

The ability for a person to hear is impacted by situational variables including background sound, contending signals, room acoustics, and how familiar they are with their setting, according to research. These factors are always in play, but it can be far worse for individuals who are suffering from hearing loss.

Here are a few behaviors to help you determine whether you are, in fact, fooling yourself into thinking hearing impairment isn’t impacting your social and professional relationships, or whether it’s simply the acoustics in their environment:

  • Thinking others aren’t talking clearly when all you can hear is mumbling
  • Missing what people are saying when on phone conversations
  • Asking others what was said after pretending to hear what someone was saying
  • Asking people to repeat themselves over and over again
  • Having a hard time hearing what others behind you are saying
  • Cupping your ear with your hand or leaning in close to the person who is speaking without realizing it

Hearing loss most likely didn’t take place overnight even though it could feel that way. Acknowledging and seeking out help for hearing impairment is something that takes most individuals at least 7 years.

This means if your hearing loss is problematic now, it has most likely been going un-addressed and neglected for some time. So begin by scheduling an appointment right away, and stop fooling yourself, hearing loss is no joke.

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