I used to have a somewhat flat monotone speaking voice. I don't know why. It is not family trait. After hearing myself on tape a few times, I made an effort to be more expressive when I speak. I am not sure if I was really successful. I am sure I improved but to what degree, I am not sure. It is something I am quite conscious about, but then I am quite conscious about myself to rather a great degree.
When I have my work medical, my hearing is tested. The result is always, your hearing is fine. But then comes the qualifier, for your age. Nevertheless, I think my hearing is ok, for my age. R has never had a hearing test and I can tell his hearing is failing. Sometimes after I have repeated myself twice, I raise my voice to an unreasonable level in frustration. Funnily, a friend mentioned R's hearing issues when the friend himself has his own self unrecognised hearing issues. Getting older is great fun.
Years ago, we had a friend who was deaf in one ear and would only properly hear what was said on one side of him. Where he sat at a table for dinner was something that had to be thought about. More recently another newer friend has a similar issue.
The five senses are touch, hearing, taste, smell and sight. Touch might be a really bad one to lose, but for mine, please never let my lose my sight.
So given many of you are of a certain age, do you have your own hearing or the hearing of a loved one issues?