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

You want to be courteous when you are talking to friends. You want your customers, co-workers, and manager to see that you’re completely engaged when you’re at work. You regularly find yourself needing family to repeat themselves because it was less difficult to tune out parts of the discussion that you weren’t able to hear very well.

You need 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 attempt to read people’s lips. And if that doesn’t work, you nod 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 unjustifiably overwhelming and you are feeling aggravated and isolated due to years of progressive hearing loss.

According to some studies, situational factors including room acoustics, background noise, competing signals, and environmental awareness have a major influence on the way a person hears. These factors are always in play, but it can be a lot worse for people who are suffering from hearing loss.

There are some revealing habits that will raise your awareness of whether you’re in denial about how your hearing impairment is impacting your professional life:

  • Asking others what was said after pretending to hear what someone was saying
  • Feeling like people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
  • Requesting that people repeat themselves over and over again
  • Having a hard time hearing what others behind you are saying
  • Finding it harder to hear over the phone
  • Leaning in When people are talking and instinctively cupping your hand over your ear

Hearing loss most likely didn’t take place overnight even though it may feel that way. Acknowledging and getting help for hearing impairment is something that takes most people 7 years or more.

So if you’re noticing symptoms of hearing loss, you can bet that it’s been occurring for some time undetected. So start by scheduling an appointment right away, and stop fooling yourself, hearing loss is no joke.

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