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A “Little” Hard Of Hearing Is A “Lot” Of Understatement

, , | Right | October 14, 2021

Caller: “Hi there. I want to place an order with you. I’m a little hard of hearing, so please bear with me.”

I appreciate the warning, so I turn up the mic volume on my headset, set the mic right up to my mouth, and speak in a louder voice.

Me: “Sure thing, go ahead.”

Caller: “I’m looking for a…”

They give me a short list of items but no quantities.

Me: *Still loudly* “Was that one of each item?”

Caller: “I’m sorry, can you repeat that?”

Me: *Louder* “Was that one of each?”

Caller: *Pause* “I’m sorry, I’m hard of hearing. One more time?”

Me: *Screaming now* “One of each?”

Caller: “Oh! Your voice is so soft. Yes, one of each.”

The rest of the call was in this manner.

I was in a cubicle, in an office, screaming at the top of my lungs. I could see people staring and hear giggles. When I hung up, exhausted and hoarse, my coworkers in the adjoining cubes laughed their a**es off as I told my very understanding supervisor I was going to take a break.