My concern is that my inner circle may think I'm antisocial, which is the opposite. I like people and enjoy talking to them. But there are certain situations that a group conversation of seven or more people(with or without background noise) can be a bit overwhelming. If I don't get involved in the discussion, they may think I'm ant-social or I disagree with a topic that is being discussed. I know its not fair to the individuals involved in this discussion of trying to figure out what they may be thinking of what I may be thinking, but what if the individuals involved in this discussion have a misrepresentation of me. For example, and I know its a touching subject, but lets say I joined in a conversation of seven or more people that I'm starting to get to know and the topic is Christianity. Maybe this discussion appears to be fully involved and I really want to be a part of it. What if I'm not engaging as much as the other individuals because of my hearing loss. Again, I know its not fair to the individuals involved in this discussion to think what I may be thinking(Its human nature on their part), but what if they create their own belief system about me. At this age,I still don't know when to disclose information about my hearing loss especially to new individuals. Its a work still in progress.So I'm not being rude, I just have to train my brain to stay focused of what is being discussed and make every effort to make a thought provoking contribution to this discussion. And to other discussions as well.