We have to gather our courage to face another day full of miscommunication. We know we’re going to have to ask people to repeat themselves and deal with their feelings of annoyance that we can’t hear them. We know we’re going to miss out on at least one thing in conversation that day. It takes gumption to get up and do it anyway. 

We’re not trying to frustrate you when we ask you to repeat yourself

It’s not a sick little game we play to amuse ourselves. It’s just that not everything you said the first time got through to our faulty ears. Maybe if you say it again, and perhaps a bit more slowly and with enunciation, we’ll understand better.