She's upstairs in the bedroom, and I'm at the sink running water? Same voice as if she were standing next to me. In the past, I would get irritated, and increase volume in an annoyed fashion. This didn't really help, because even then she wouldn't hear me. I tried once or twice to move physically closer to her, in an attempt to hear what she's saying. But then I'd get irritated that I was going to her when she can't speak loud enough so I can hear.
At this point I should say that I
So now, I have what I think is my final and best solution. I mumble nonwords. I'll hear "Honey, asdkh etih asggh eeeatrhg?" And I'll answer "Mxyzptlk honey, Mxyzptlk."
And you know what? She's satisfied with the answer.