There are many great things we know about our “hero dads”, but one thing is uncertain: why do they seem to only hear what they want to?
Is it perhaps a genetic mutation that when the conversation is not around women, beer, sports and food, the words go into their ears and leave at supersonic speeds?
For Father’s Day, let’s dig a bit deeper into some of the potential reasons many of our fathers seem to have selective hearing!
Over time, sounds degrade at a slower pace, and hearing loss goes unnoticed.
So, it may seem to you that your dad has filtered out what he wants to hear, but often that is not the case.
When it comes to hearing loss, certain words are clear, but others are not, and these gaps occur with longer sentences and phrases. In a crowded environment or on the phone, your father may struggle to hear clearly, making social interactions frustrating.
How often have you heard him say ‘huh’ or ‘what?’ Or, he stares deeply into space as you share that Sheryl from the pharmacy has had a face lift!
Think back to that last rugby match on TV, when your father was so engrossed, he let ‘Minky’, his pet cockatiel, fly out the cage despite you screaming at the top of your voice ‘catch the bird