But in the last couple of years, I’ve noticed an increase in what I’ll call touchy-feely questions. Take these, for example, from a couple of the forms I need to complete prior to see someone who specializes in vertigo (along with my commentary in italics):
A form about hearing
- Does your hearing cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people? This is the very first question on a form about hearing. That just blows my mind, that potential embarrassment would be the first question on the list.
- Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients or customers? Now this question makes sense—but why is it the third question on this form?
- My tinnitus has led me to avoid noisy situations
- My tinnitus has led me to avoid social situations
- My tinnitus has made me unhappy. Snort.
- My tinnitus has led me to cry. Seriously??
- Hopeless about the future
I mean, really. Couldn't these forms just ask if this condition has negatively affected my life? Am I so stupid I need eleven separate questions asking me what I've just said in one?
Have you noticed this too? If you have, does it bother you? Or am I just a cold, unfeeling brick?