These 6 Behaviors Suggest You’re Dealing With Hearing Loss

Elderly man leans in and cups ear to try to hear his spouse while sitting on a park bench

You want to be polite when you are talking to friends. At work, you want to appear engaged, even enthralled with what your manager/peers/clients are talking about. You frequently find yourself asking family to repeat themselves because it was easier to tune out parts of the discussion that you couldn’t hear very well.

On conference calls you move in closer. You look for facial hints, listen for inflection, and tune in to body language. You try to read people’s lips. And if everything else fails – you fake it.

Maybe you’re in denial. You’re straining to keep up because you missed most of what was said. Life at home and projects at work have become unjustifiably difficult and you are feeling frustrated and cut off due to years of progressive hearing loss.

According to some studies, situational factors like environmental acoustics, background noise, competing signals, and situational awareness have a strong influence on the way a person hears. But for individuals who have hearing loss, these factors are made even more difficult.

Watch out for these behaviors

Here are some behaviors to help you figure out whether you are, in truth, convincing yourself that your hearing impairment is not affecting your social and professional interactions, or whether it’s just the acoustics in the environment:

  • Pretending to understand, only to later ask others about what was said
  • Constantly needing to ask people to repeat what they said
  • Feeling like people are mumbling and not talking clearly
  • Having a difficult time hearing what others behind you are saying
  • Cupping your hands over your ear or leaning in close to the person who is speaking without realizing it
  • Missing important parts of phone conversations

Hearing loss probably didn’t occur overnight even though it may feel as if it did. Most people wait an average of 7 years before accepting the issue and finding help.

That means that if your hearing loss is a problem now, it has most likely been going unaddressed and untreated for some time. Hearing loss is no joke so stop kidding yourself and schedule an appointment right away.

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