My hearing goes in and out. And unless you look at me and I can see your lips move, I may not understand. If I ask you to repeat it’s because I didn’t hear you the first time or the second time, etc. If I still don’t understand what you said you may get a hmm. I am done asking.
If you find my constant requests to repeat what you said annoying, think how frustrating it is for me. I hate feeling less because I cannot hear someone. If you get upset it makes me feel bad and I will shut down.
On the other hand I also have hyperacusis. Hyperacusis is a disorder in loudness perception. Simply put some sounds hurt my ears, like most Mariah Carey songs, except that Christmas one. In part I can control it through breathing exercises. At least if it’s anxiety related. Ear plugs help cut down on the pain and also make it easier to enjoy concerts and even flying.
We all find things that work for us. I prefer the sound turned down, while my husband likes it loud. We have to compromise. It’s not good to fight over the remote.
In restaurants I tend to sit in the middle so I can hopefully hear the conversations going on around me. I think that’s why I like round tables so everybody can have the same conversation.
How do you cope with your hearing loss?
Love, Peace and Light! Rita