Say what A third of women admit to tuning out of a conversation within 15 seconds, with work talk and soap gossip being the biggest turn-offs
21:47 GMT, 31 August 2012
Nearly a third of women ‘tune out’ of a conversation after just 15 seconds, according to a new study.
Work talk, TV soap gossip, household chores and complaining are the subjects that are most likely to make ladies ‘switch-off’.
One in three women who took part in the survey confessed that they often had ‘pretend conversations’ in which they would nod and agree while having no idea what was being said.
Lending an ear Almost a third of women 'tune out' of a conversation after just 15 seconds (file photo)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, over a third of women felt that their partners were not listening to them intently and a quarter of men admitting to switching off in the first 10 seconds of a conversation with their other half.
Meanwhile men are twice as likely to stop listening during a conversation about ‘thoughts and feelings’ or gossip.
The research was conducted by hearing specialists Hidden Hearing, who stress that while many of us are simply tuning out after losing interest in a conversation, an increasing amount of people may actually be experiencing significant hearing loss, which affects 10 million in the UK.
TOP FIVE 'SWITCH-OFF' TOPICS
1. Moaning (58%)
2. Talking about the latest storylines in soaps (44%)
3. Talking about yourself (35%)
4. Work (28%)
5. Household chores (25%)
‘To listen properly we need to be able to hear properly and there is a big difference between switching off because something is uninteresting, and being hard of hearing’, say Peter Sydserff, audiologist at Hidden Hearing.
‘Hearing loss can have a huge impact on a person’s social and private life, often leaving them feeling isolated and unable to join in with life, but this is not something people need to put up with; expert advice and a simple free hearing screening can fix all that.’
Backed by Dr Hilary Jones, Hidden Hearing is launching a Hearing Awareness Month, with the aim of raising the profile of hearing loss.
‘Out of the 10 million people who suffer from poor hearing, at least 4 million are undiagnosed cases who would benefit from wearing a hearing aid,’ says, Dr Hilary Jones.
‘Our aim is therefore to reach those members of the public who would benefit from a hearing aid, by providing 20,000 free screenings throughout September.’