Rude or just can’t hear?
How many of you can identify with this? Do the hearing people think you are just being rude by not openly talking to them or are they thinking that you possibly cannot hear them?
There are many times when I feel that they may be thinking the former. My entire family is from the hearing world, and actually for half my life I could hear good enough to say I am from the hearing world. I was extremely social and I actually had my own business where I did all the sales. I was good at it.
Now, I find myself having to retreat and not be part of the conversation, or very limited involvement. I find that people don’t talk to me very much, and direct their questions or comments to the person next to me.
How do you work through things like this and rise above hurt feelings. What are ways to make them not think you are just being rude? Do you just come out and tell them of your hearing loss?