I’ve lately tended to withdrawal from others, due to my frustration and anxiety with hearing people during verbal communication. I’m hoping others can share any coping skills they’ve used to navigate their hearing loss.
I’m 43 with adult onset hearing loss, currently wear hearing aids, with severe to profound loss in the higher frequencies. My audiogram is in my profile.
I tend to have the most difficulty hearing at work. My office area is open concept with residual background noise. I work alongside a lot of people with foreign accents and soft voices which tends to make verbal communication more difficult.
I use bluetooth during phone calls which seems to work well, and have a Roger Pen for in person communication which I’m less than impressed with.
Due to my difficulty in hearing others, I’ve tended to avoid responsibilities that include colleague collaboration, client management and sales pitches, which is delaying advancement in my current role.
When someone asks me a question and I can’t respond back in an appropriate manner, I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m perceived as anti-social and less intelligent.
What do you do if you ask someone to repeat themselves 3 times and still can’t hear them?
How do you deal with foreign accents and soft spoken people?
If you miss information shared during a meeting, what do you do?
How do you network with people, when a lot of events have background noise?
Have you changed your career trajectory so it’s not as dependent on verbal communication?
This is greatly effecting my quality of life. Any help would be appreciated.