steve21 said:Mine is completely involuntary. I have a tendancy to switch off without wanting / meaning to and then miss whatever anyone is saying to me, despite the fact there is no-one else around and I am staring straight at the other person. I dont know why I do it but I always find smiling at the person talking seems to get me through it.
Unless the person is trying to explain something complex to you that they want to discuss with you! Has happened before to me at work... The solution, though good for Physics, probably isn't applicable in general conversation though - I tend to ask them to explain it again with diagrams.
Straightmute said:...Looks like we're not going to be short of adjudicators in future...
Seriously though, if the hearing loss among people who spend a lot of time playing band music is as common as it looks here, employing people with many years playing/conducting experience, particularly in places like top Cornet, in front of Sop, to judge is a highly suspect idea. I remember being struck at a contest last year by the contest announcer's trying to attract the adjudicator's attention on stage (he was about 10 feet away, facing in a slightly different direction), and manifestly failing until he moved into his line of view.
MartinT said:I have a family tendency to deafness
That's not good (for me (or you) anyway); haven't noticed too much so far though - sometimes difficulty with conversations in noisy places, but everyone has this, don't they? In any case, I think I've worked my way into the safest position in the band...