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

In conversation with friends, you want to be polite. You want your customers, co-workers, and manager to recognize that you’re completely involved when you’re at work. You often find yourself asking family to repeat themselves because it was easier to tune out parts of the discussion that you weren’t able to hear very well.

You have to move in a little closer when you’re on zoom calls. You watch for facial hints, listen for inflection, and tune in to body language. You read lips. And if that doesn’t work, you nod as if you heard every word.

Maybe you’re in denial. You missed a lot of the conversation, and you’re struggling to catch up. You might not realize it, but years of progressive hearing loss can have you feeling isolated and discouraged, making tasks at work and life at home needlessly difficult.

The ability for a person to hear is impacted by situational factors including background noise, competing signals, room acoustics, and how acquainted they are with their setting, according to research. These factors are always in play, but they can be much more severe for people who suffer from hearing loss.

Look out for these behaviors

There are certain tell-tale behaviors that will raise your awareness of whether you’re in denial about how your hearing impairment is impacting your social and professional life:

  • Finding it harder to hear phone conversations
  • Cupping your hands over your ear or leaning in close to the person who is speaking without noticing it
  • Asking others what was said after pretending to hear what they were saying
  • Feeling like people are mumbling and not talking clearly
  • Unable to hear people talking from behind you
  • Asking people to repeat themselves again and again… and again

While it might feel like this snuck up on you suddenly, chances are your hearing impairment didn’t occur overnight. Acknowledging and seeking out help for hearing loss is something that takes most individuals at least 7 years.

So if you’re detecting symptoms of hearing loss, you can be sure that it’s been occurring for some time undetected. Begin by scheduling an appointment right away, and stop kidding yourself, hearing loss is no joke.

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