Now that's how it is for normal people. For those of us with a hearing loss, it's an entirely different story. You see, I can be listening as intently as I possibly can and still not have a clue what someone says! You don't believe me? You think I just have selective hearing? Try going a day wearing super thick earmuffs over your ears or earplugs - and more power to ya! Fair warning: those around you will either be really amused or super annoyed!
You see, being hard of hearing, makes it much more difficult to understand what is being said. I say "what" more times in a single day than most people do in a week! It's crazy! It was actually starting to really get on my nerves until I met another hard of hearing girl who had the best idea ever. What, pray tell, is this idea - you may ask? It's "The 'What' Count".
How would one play this game? Easily! Simply count how many times you ask "what" in a day. Whoever says it the most wins! ... or loses. I guess it depends on whether you wanna be deaf or not ;) And if you don't have any hearing issues, you can make your own version of this game! Say you're a teenager in middle school - then you can go hang around a bunch of 7th or 8th grade girls and count how many times they say "like" or "OMG!". Go to a highschool in Provo, Utah and count how many times you hear people say "flippin". Do whatever you want! Just remember to keep it clean :P and good luck!