I have an answer for you. People say this some times conscious sometimes Unconsiously. Its a bit a way to make people think the understand when they don't. I have looked into things like this quite recently and it seems to be a human act to make either the person speaking feel better or themselves feel better.What I find funny is when I tell people I am hoh, they always tell me that they have some kind of hearing loss also. So I offer to hook them up with my audie to see if they need ha and rhey always tell me "Oh it's not that bad, I'm just a little bit hoh." (Or something along those lines.) Why did they bring it up if it was a none issue?!?!
people do this ALOT in the hearing world. "Oh i understand, I have the same issue" its a fake thing for people to say when they don't know what to say.
"little bit deaf" in the hearing world does mean less can still hear 10-20 dp Can have a conversation, might struggle slightly, But not enough to need Aids or other.
Is a false sympathy also. I want some to say 'there, there everything going to be alright' even though the other person suffers worse than the person stating 'i am a little deaf'
basically translates in simple terms to 'I struggle some times but I cope'