i've noticed that my hearing isn't quite what it used to be, which has become the source of a recurring problem.
i don't always comprehend what folks say to me, resulting in my embarrassment of repeated pleas to restate what they said.
but i have discovered a rather creative solution that seems to work quite effectively in most cases.
it goes something like this:
person: whe mah do blah sobmody?
me: i'm sorry, didn't quite catch that.
person: whe mah do blah sobmody?.
me: uh ha, what was the last part again?
person: blah sobmody?
rather than continue the madness, i simply smile and say "maybe", give them the time, point up the street and say, "turn right at the burger king and go a half mile. it's on the left."
that usually covers it.