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

You want to be courteous when you are talking with friends. You want your customers, colleagues, and boss to recognize that you’re fully engaged when you’re at work. With family, you may find it less difficult to simply tune out the conversation and ask the person near you to fill in what you missed, just a bit louder, please.

On zoom calls you move in closer. You look for facial cues, listen for inflection, tune in to body language. You try to read people’s lips. And if none of that works, you nod in understanding as if you heard every word.

Maybe your in denial. You missed lots of what was said, and you’re struggling to catch up. You may not realize it, but years of progressive hearing loss can have you feeling isolated and discouraged, making projects at work and life at home unnecessarily difficult.

The ability for a person to hear is impacted by situational factors like background noise, contending signals, room acoustics, and how acquainted they are with their surroundings, according to research. These factors are always in play, but it can be much more severe for individuals who are suffering from hearing loss.

There are certain revealing habits that will alert you to whether you’re in denial about how your hearing loss is impacting your professional life:

  • Leaning in When people are talking and instinctively cupping your hand over your ear
  • Pretending to comprehend, only to follow up with others to get about what was said
  • Finding it more difficult to hear over the phone
  • Having a difficult time hearing what others behind you are saying
  • Feeling like people are mumbling and not speaking clearly
  • Repeatedly having to ask people to repeat themselves

While it may feel like this crept up on you in an all-of-a-sudden way, chances are your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight. Acknowledging and seeking out help for hearing impairment 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 going on for some time unnoticed. Hearing loss is no joke so stop kidding yourself and schedule an appointment now.

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