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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn't Help

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According to an estimation provided by the WHO, one billion people experience hearing loss, but only 17% of these seek out a solution. If you have experienced hearing loss before, you might also understand why such a small number of individuals with hearing loss speak out. 

You might have found yourself in the situation of having to confess that you can't hear well and asking a speaker to repeat a piece of information. Or, you might have opted to pretend that you could hear – which does seem like the easiest choice at first. 

Nonetheless, while pretending to hear might seem like an easy escape route in a social situation, it is not a long-term solution to your hearing condition. And, along the way, you might have to deal with the severe consequences of this choice, which can happen on many levels, including social, cognitive and emotional. Here's why you should not lie about your hearing – and how an audiologist can help you on your journey!

Missing out on important information

The most obvious consequence is that you might miss out on essential pieces of information. Whether that's in a professional or personal setting, communication is a crucial aspect of our life. While you can communicate with others in other ways, it is vital to be clear about your hearing situation – so that your speaker can adapt. 

A situation can also become complicated if your speaker passes on important information, asks you to agree on something or delegates a critical task. If you agree to something that has been asked and you are unwilling or unable to perform that task, you might lose the trust of your colleagues, friends or family members.

Social consequences 

Life is made of moments to cherish and remember. When you experience hearing loss, it is easy to feel detached from a situation or have a limited experience of it. Pretending to hear in these situations might not automatically yield unwanted consequences, but it might cause you to miss out on an important moment. 

Professional misunderstandings

In any job, communication is key. Without being able to send and receive messages properly, you might find yourself in unpleasant situations. For example, you might let a colleague down or start feeling like you are not on the same page as your colleagues are. Not completing a task assigned to you because of communication problems can also severely affect your career. 

Ultimately, in specific environments such as construction sites or warehouses, proper communication can save your life! Indeed, on-the-job injuries are not uncommon, and being able to hear a warning or let a colleague know about what's going on can save you a lot of trouble!

Emotional and psychological effects

One of the main consequences of pretending to hear is that you are likely to keep doing it repeatedly. Over time, this attitude can have significant emotional, psychological and cognitive effects. Indeed, you might start to feel isolated, misunderstood or anxious about the situation around you – especially if you can't follow communication flow. 

Indeed, your brain will start to fill the gaps between what you can and can't hear. Over time, this effort might start to produce results that are extremely difficult to reverse. 

Additionally, you should keep in mind how you would feel if the roles were inverted, and your loved ones only pretended to understand what you are saying. It is essential to reciprocate their trust by addressing your hearing loss!

Building social anxiety

Over the last few years, there has been a spike in anxiety and depression cases. While genetics and lifestyle factors play an essential element in the emergence of these conditions, it is also crucial to look into the role that communication plays. 

If you have been pretending to hear, you know how difficult it can be to follow a conversation along, and you might start to feel left out from social situations. Over time, you might begin to build negative feelings about social situations and begin to decline invitations. 

When such behavior appears, you need to find a solution to your hearing loss. Indeed, you might start to see repercussions in your mental health and social interactions, which, in turn, might lead to conditions such as depression.

Take the first step towards perfect hearing with Your Hearing Connection.

While pretending to hear is often an easy way out of an uncomfortable situation, it is not a long-term solution to hearing loss. Here at Your Hearing Connection, we understand how your hearing can impact your daily life, social situations and professional circumstances.

That is why we are committed to creating a hearing solution that perfectly fits your lifestyle. Get in touch today with us today at 626-538-9920 and discover the key to live your life to the fullest!