For some reason, I can’t hear people when they are standing within five feet of me. Ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I find it difficult. Something about the tones and what not that just muddle the words in my ears, so much so that I tend to read lips just as much as listen. (no, I really can’t read lips, but for some reason it helps)
However, the inverse to the proportion is not true (eww, fancy words, not sure what they mean, but it does make me feel smart using them). People who are having conversations over 5 feet away, I can hear like they were sitting right next to me. Sadly, this makes eavesdropping pretty easy for me, and with my inherent desire to know everything, it pretty much makes me a stalker.