How do you do it?
So I ride two busses on my way to work, and my odds of having small discussions with random people are pretty high. I don't mind it, I'm a huge fan of small chat; I love to socialize with strangers.
However, since my hearing's digressed further, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish peoples' words, with all the background noise (busses are loud)... Being as hard of hearing as I am, listening to people on the bus is just becoming an exhausting endeavor.
For example, I had a discussion with a fellow bus rider today, involving our lines of work (I'm a computer repair technician, he's a professional coder)... Well, he's from a country in Africa, and as such, his accent makes it even more difficult to understand what he's saying... Listening to this man literally wore me out, on a 14 minute bus ride...
So... I just need a bit of trouble-shooting advice... I don't want to seem rude to people, and I don't want to put them off from talking to me, but at the same time, talking and listening in some social circumstances just doesn't seem to be worth the work it takes nowadays.