Sometimes what one hears is not actually what they hold. One can be affected by the tone or texture of the voice rather than the actual words that come out. This can easily be observed with the game telephone where someone’s initial phrase is whispered down to a line of people who can say a completely different phrase at the end. Accents and speed can also induce us to believe we are hearing something that isn’t actually in the other vocal cords. Those with perception problems may only hear the words that they want to absorb and ignore others that don’t fit their narrative. While those who suffer from some form of psychosis will hear things that aren’t even in the air. In the end, it doesn’t really matter where the miscommunication occurs just stop it with these rules (below) before the truth is totally lost.
(1) REPEAT- Yes, the Parrot routine works especially if you’re willing to say that your recording button might have been off.
(2) WITH PICTURE- Do the words you hear match the picture/person you would normally see if not maybe it’s time for rule # 1
(3)ACCEPTANCE/TRUST- One must accept and trust that what one might have thought they heard is not always what is out there.