Sunday Poser # 51 – ‘Cuse me, could you repeat please?

Welcome to week 51 of Sunday Poser

My question this week is;

If you didn’t hear it the first time, do you ask people to repeat what they just said or make your own assumption about what they just said?

For me, this is a very common issue. Perhaps it’s my age or the over-use of artificial sweeteners, but if someone speaks very softly, or there is a lot of noise around me, I completely fail to capture what was just said. The next step depends on where I am. If I am with family, I’ll ask them to say it again. If even then I don’t get it, I just work out in my mind what they might have been saying!

With my husband I am more frank, I would ask him to speak up and be more clear. But he does the same to me too. He is five years older than me and perhaps we both are a bit hard of hearing!

When I am among strangers, I do ask them to repeat once, and if I am none the wiser, I just either ignore it or try to imagine what was said.

What about you?

How do you tackle this problem?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I may find your response.

Thanks for visiting and reading!



79 thoughts on “Sunday Poser # 51 – ‘Cuse me, could you repeat please?

  1. Funny you should ask. A neighbor cross the street often waves and says something to me. I do the sign of my hand to my ear indicating that I could not hear her. She repeats whatever she said. I usually still can’t hear her. I move on, assuming it was nothing important. LOL

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  2. Ah, this is a good question. My hearing is also not so awesome, and I have many, many, conversations most days, which can involve, at times, people talking at the same time. Therefore, it is common for me to ask people to repeat themselves. There was a time in my life this was not the case, yet today, I will ask until I’m clear about what the other person is conveying. Great prompt, Sadje.

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  3. Same as you, except at work, where I will ask until I get it. It’s too dangerous to assume anything! Otherwise, whatever. Gatsby constantly repeats himself even though he’s loud enough the first time! 🐱

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  4. I ask for a repeat. I have made some poor interpretations of what I thought someone said. Therefore, whether I am embarrassed or no (and sometimes I am, to be honest), I ask the person to repeat.
    Great question and share, Sadje

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  5. yeah! I know my hearing is going! We have turned captions on the TV and the volumn way up. (side note- have you noticed that some streaming channels have very low volume compared to others, except when the commercials come on?)
    If it doesn’t really matter to me what they said, I don’t say anything. Other times, I will say “my hearing must be going, could you repeat that?” Sometimes it’s my ADD that causes me not to “hear.”

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    1. I think it’s a common problem among our generation. I blame it on diet/zero coke. The root of all heating Loss!!!!
      Distraction does play an important role when we don’t “hear “. Thanks Ruth for sharing your thoughts

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  6. When I’m around teenagers or early twenties in a group it seems it is underscored by loud music which makes it hard to hear. My hearing is good but it’s hard to distinguish one person in a group.

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  7. I am worried my hearing is going too, have been for years. Mostly on the phone I have trouble hearing people. Whether I’ll ask someone to repeat themself or just assume what they’ve said, depends on the situation. Usually the first time I’ll ask them to repat, but after a while that gets really cumbersomoe. I feel really embarrassed when I have to ask someone to repeat the same thing multiple times. My husband also can get annoyed when I either interrupt him to ask what he was saying or conversely wait for him to finish a longer tale to say I didn’t hear. I’m autistic, which traditional science says comes with struggling to know when it’s appropriate to speak or be quiet.

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    1. You’re right that asking a second time can get embarrassing. But I think we should ask because if it was important enough to be said then it is important enough to be understood.

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  8. Since I can’t hear out of my left ear anymore after surgery almost who years ago, people have got used to me saying things like “What did you say!” or, “Say again,” or just “Huh?”

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  9. Oh, I definitely ask them to repeat themselves. Usually by saying “huh”? LOL And if necessary, multiple times. If it just gets to the point that I can’t make heads or tails of what they are saying, I’ll just admit they’ve got me baffled.

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  10. I feel like I can hear just fine except sometimes the person’s words I hear don’t make sense. Hard to explain. Maybe because with ADHD I’m distracted with lots of other thoughts while they are speaking. I’ll ask them to repeat. Then if it still don’t make sense, I just smile and nod. My Mr. is always asking me to repeat what I say because he says I mumble and talk way too softly for him to hear! haha 😉

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  11. English is not my first language, and not my second either. I knew a bit but had to learn it real fast when I married Mr. America so many years ago. I always asked people to repeat themselves, also asked them to use simpler (or other) words when I still didn’t understand. Turns out most people were very helpful. At least they knew I was listening.

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    1. I have noticed that too about people in America. They in fact are surprised if someone speaks English well. They do help when they know the other person doesn’t understands their language. Thanks


  12. My hearing is not what it used to be. Most people I am close to know this and speak louder when talking with me. With others, I am always saying pardon me. Either that or I just nod and move on. It seems to me if it is important, they would let me know and repeat whatever they said.

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  13. I used to work as customer service over the phone and this often happens. I’ve learned to ask at least twice and then repeat what I think was said. It comes naturally now but before, I tend to make my own assumptions the first time I don’t get it.

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