I have a hearing condition known as selective hearing. It started young when my mom would ask me to do something and somehow I never remember hearing her ask. Now, I start to read a magazine, or watch a show, and I block everything out. People will start talking to me and I won’t realize they’re talking to me. I don’t do this intentionally, I become absorbed. This isn’t a huge health concern, but it’s a tad rude seeming and frustrating to friends and family when I don’t acknowledge them.
Then there are the times I’ve forgotten to bring ear plugs to a concert and I have a hard time hearing the next day. I have to nod my head and acknowledge comments, which I might have only heard a portion. This is frustrating and is a concern.