Our ability to discern speech in noisy situations begins to decline in our 40s and 50s. The changes are subtle, but you may start to notice trouble understanding friends and family when out to dinner. You may still be able to hear well at home or on the phone, but having conversations where there is background music or noisy talking can be a struggle.
Our auditory processing system is complex, and it loses functionality as we age. Those losses can negatively impact our abilities to fill in missing information in a conversation. Lack of sleep can also affect how well you understand others when surrounded by noise.
Here are some tactics that may help make listening easier: