I may be partially deaf

October 30, 2019 — by Sandhya Sundaram

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

“What?”

“I’m saying that you should probably…”

“HUH?”

“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.