I may be partially deaf

October 30, 2019 — by Sandhya Sundaram

You might think I’m forgetful but actually I just couldn’t hear you

“Does that make sense, Sandhya? I just want you to …” someone tells me.


“I’m saying that you should probably…”


“You know what, just make sure you … I’m counting on you, Sandhya.”

“Sure, you got it!” 

In actuality, I have no idea what just came out of their mouth. People frequently assume that I am a forgetful person. However, most of the time, I probably just didn’t hear you. Rather than making the situation more awkward by repeating “What!?” five times, I usually accept defeat on the third “Huh?” 

Yes, I might be mildly hard of hearing, but it doesn’t help that people mumble so much these days. Sure, we talk to each other a lot more via text and Snapchat, but we shouldn’t be forgetting how to enunciate. If I tell you to be louder, I don’t mean to be rude, I just really am struggling. So help me out and SPEAK UP.

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