Just Sing To Me — A Hearing Loss Plea

Do you have a special someone in your life that is hard for you to hear? A mumbler, a low-talker or someone with a breathy voice? You are not alone. For better or worse, I sometimes avoid people I cannot hear well. In fact, it is usually mutual since neither of us is enjoying the conversation much.

But sometimes people are too important to let drift away — your parents, your siblings, your life-long friends, your children, your spouse — or even your boss at work. This poem is for them.

When you speak, I try to listen

Your voice, so soft and airy

Floats by me

I miss it.

 

Repeating yourself

Your voice momentarily strong

Fades into quiet

By the end of the phrase.

 

When you sing, I love to listen

Your voice, powerful and full

Reverberates with passion

Until the very last note.

 

Belting out the lyrics

Your voice suddenly bold

Fills the room

I hear it all.

 

Can you try to speak that way?

Readers, do you wish a special someone would sing to you instead?

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10 thoughts on “Just Sing To Me — A Hearing Loss Plea

    • Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks for sharing your comment.

    • Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Yes. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Jerry Henderson – Pownal Maine – Thank you for coming to my space. This is where I post thoughts, opinions and commentary on a variety of subjects at irregular intervals. I try to do something weekly, but have not nailed down a rigid schedule, like every Wednesday, yet. If you would like email notifications of new posts, you can make that happen right on the site. Simply enter your email address to subscribe. Also, if you would like to comment I welcome that. Just do so in the space at the bottom of any selected post. Sharing thoughts, opinion and commentary is a peculiarly human characteristic. It must be exercised to be enjoyed. Jerry Henderson
    Jerry Henderson says:

    The hardest work I do is to have a conversation with certain people in my life. My partner in life is not the easiest person to understand but she works tirelessly with me and it’s getting better all the time. She doesn’t’ sing.

    I have come to three conclusions about this. 1) Though it’s my problem it’s not my “fault”. 2) If there is a mutual desire for communication then it’s a “shared” responsibility. 3) If my conversation partner has a problem with either of the above, they are placed on my “out of network” list – to be used only in emergencies. 🙂

    • Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Well said, Jerry! I agree! Thanks for sharing your insights.

  2. dltolley – Canada – Writer, Wife, Mom, Grandma, ex-rancher, keeper of the apple crisp and maker of the large meals. I live in the past - it's peaceful here . . .
    dltolley says:

    One of our granddaughters has a soft, squeaky little voice. One day she was talking to Husby. He asked her to speak a little louder. She got softer. He asked again. Again the volume was lowered. The third time, she was merely mouthing the words. To us, it was hilarious. To him, not so much.
    But it pointed out a problem and it was so difficult. He couldn’t hear. Softly-spoken granddaughters aside, he was really struggling. And any attempts to suggest he get help were flatly declined.
    So the rest of us had to raise the volume a bit. (A lot!)
    And we had to learn to face him and speak clearly.
    Now he has ‘ears’ and things have changed. But the lessons remain . . .

    • Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Hearing loss certainly impacts everyone in the family. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. Thank you Shari for expressing the frustration of hearing loss perfectly. You created a beautiful poem that everyone with a hearing loss can relate to. I have a hearing loss and now my uncle has a moderate hearing deficit too. By experiencing my impatience while engaging in conversation with him, I now understand what my friends and family endure with me. However, I do believe my social skills with hearing loss are better than most. Maybe as a former audiologist I know what to do for myself. Again, I appreciate your poem and all the blogs.

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    • Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks for your comment Sharon. It always helps to know we are not alone in this struggle.

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