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Wives know it when you turn a deaf ear

sex-and-relationships Updated: Jun 22, 2011 17:30 IST

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While a lot of husbands may think selective hearing at home is a smart way to avoid menial household works, what they are perhaps unaware of is that usually their other half very well knows about their feigning acts.

Three-quarters of Britons believe their partner listens only to what they want to hear, claims a survey. More than half of those polled said the tactic of not acknowledging a request was the main cause of rows, over anything from money troubles to housework, Daily Express reported Tuesday.

couple in fightThe survey found 83 percent of the respondents suspected their partner had full control over selective hearing and could choose what they did and did not take in. Many tested their other half by asking them to repeat what they had just said to see if they were really listening.

Seventy percent of the women admitted using this tactic as they believe their menfolk simply pretend not to hear when asked to do chores.

Most said their partner's selective hearing increased as they turned older - but only a third thought it may be a symptom of hearing loss. This could be unfair, according to Boots, which carried out the study for its Great Big Hearing Test campaign.

The study found that taking steps to correct genuine hearing loss can do wonders for a couple. Many of those surveyed said it improved their relationship, increasing their conversations with partners and reducing arguments.