As someone with hearing loss, I spend a lot of time asking people to repeat themselves. Saying “What?” all the time has gotten a little boring, so I have been brainstorming about other ways to ask the same question.
Recently I was having coffee with someone who was impossible for me to hear. His voice was in my weakest decibel range, he kept covering his mouth with his hands, and he was a mumbler! I explained about my hearing loss and asked him to speak louder, but it was a lost cause. I decided to play a game. How many different ways could I ask him to repeat what he said before I had to reuse a method.
Here is my list. Please add your suggestions in the comments.
- What’s that?
- Did you say something?
- Excuse me?
- Can you repeat that?
- What did you say?
- Can you spell that name?
- Say what?
- What do you mean?
- Can you say that again?
- Can you face me and say that?
- Repeat what you think you heard, but as a question.
- Cup your hand behind your ear.
- Stare blankly at the person.
- Tilt your head to one side with a confused expression.
- Shake your head in confusion.
- Shrug your shoulders.
- Pretend you were distracted by your phone so they feel compelled to repeat themselves when you look up.
Readers, how do you ask someone to repeat themselves?