During the course of a year, men ‘won’t hear’ what their partner is saying a total of 388 times. To put that into perspective, it’s more than there are days in the year. In comparison, women will choose not to listen a total of 339 times a year.
However annoying this might be, experts who carried out the study warn this could be more than simple ‘laziness’ – and could actually be a sign of genuine hearing difficulties.
More than half of the 2,000 adults polled admitted they were concerned their partner’s ‘selective hearing’ could be a sign of something more worrying. Around four in 10 went as far as saying they ‘know with certainty’ their other half struggles to hear.
More than half of adults admitted they are concerned their partner’s “selective hearing” could be a result of genuine hearing difficulties.
Around four in 10 even went as far as to say they ‘know with certainty’ their other half struggles to hear. Plus, six in 10 said their spouse had a tendency to watch television or listen to the radio too loudly.
Worryingly, a third of the 2,000 adults polled said their partner has appeared to be trying to read their lips because they can’t make out what is being said – a common sign of hearing difficulties.
Similarly, 47 per cent admitted their other half has a tendency to mumble – another indicator of possible hearing problems.
Difficulty hearing consonants is also a symptom of hearing difficulties; with more than a quarter saying their partner has demonstrated signs of this. Six in 10 said their spouse also has a tendency to watch TV or listen to the radio with the volume turned up high.
And a third revealed their beloved frequently has to resort to asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly.