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I suffer from the second kind mentioned here. I felt a need to make this because even people I’ve known for years and who knows about my condition still get angry at me when I can’t hear what they say in noisy areas.

27th November 2017

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18 days ago #9704217        
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I have the second one. I found out it's called Audio Processing Disorder. It is difficult to hear/process spoken language. I was relieved to find out it was really a thing and I was not alone in the world. I'm sorry you have it too.

18 days ago #9704186        
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I'll throw my 3 cents to "when you're speaking to". Not exactly about hearing problem but concentration. If you want to talk to someone with ADD/ADHD they're busy at the moment with anything at hand (conversation, activity, whatever), make sure they actually pay attention to you before you start talking. And I mean MAKE SURE of it. Wait a moment before actually talking to be certain the attention is actually fixed on you, if you're on good terms with the other person, maybe you can touch their shoulder. Just do something to be sure. Because we can tell you "yeah, go on.." without registering you or what we just said at all. It's a hyperfocus state when a brain is so fixed on one thing, that all the others go by practically unnoticed. You can tell me the thing that is very important to you, and go on with your life, and I'll be a blank state like nothing ever happened. Being angry at me afterwards won't change things for the next time. So please understand, and just make sure the other person is really listening to you :)

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1 day ago #9710320        
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My boyfriend always says I need my ears checked because I'm always asking what he says, but I wonder if it's this! Actually, my mom has hearing aids because she has a type of hearing loss that, as I understand it, particularly affects the frequency of human speech. The doctor told her it is mostly found in Scandinavians, which makes sense because she is 1/4 Swedish. Anyone else heard of this type? I tried to find it online but couldn't.

5 days ago #9709347        
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I not hard of hearing, I have tinnitus. Amplification doesn't help and I can actually pass hearing tests. I do have constant background noise that sounds a lot like a very high pitched electronic whine. My coping method is to really focus on the person I am talking to. This results in comment from me like, "Please look at me, I can't hear you." :-)

11 days ago #9706975        
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I haven't gotten tested yet, but I think I might have the second type? I struggle with phone calls because the static is louder than the person, and ordering food at a fast food place is difficult if they have noicy machines going in the background. Also talking with someone while walking by roads is nearly impossible, all the static, white noise and pretty much everything outside just drowns peoples voices. My fathers side of the family has some issues with hearing, but mostly the men, and usually not til theyre like in their thirties. And Im pretty sure thats the first type they struggle with.

14 days ago #9705826        
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I believe I suffer from the second one. Whenever someone is talking to me while there’s a relatively louds noise in the background I usually have to ask them to repeat what they’ve said, but even then u might not it and I’m afraid it might get awkward if I ask for a fourth time.

15 days ago #9705280        
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Omigosh, this is me too. And no one get it. Not even my wife of 19 years - she'll still start over-enunciating with an extra 25 dB.

*shrug*

16 days ago #9704980        
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That makes sense.

That is, That Makes Sense.

Sorry. I may have just a touch of this as I find more than one language thing going on hard to follow.

16 days ago #9704783        
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I hear mostly vowels too. I say it sounds everyone is speaking Hawaiian.

17 days ago #9704705        
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My right ear has some of the second type of hearing loss, which is often a challenge, but I've become pretty good at adding a bit of lip reading and can manage in most situations. Oddly enough when it's super quiet in the house and I can hear the radio/tv playing very quietly my brain goes into overdrive trying to amplify the words and I Can't. Fall. Asleep.

My left ear has permanent nerve damage from when I had meningitis, it can only hear vowels. When I hold the phone up to that ear all I hear is woh waah wo wah, like the teacher on the Peanuts cartoon. One audiologist (I've seen several) described me as being legally deaf in that ear.

Both ears react to loud sounds with extreme pain. Parties are a special hell once everyone gets some liquor in them and try to talk (not yell) above the music. Not only is that enough volume to induce a migraine (my ears are pussies) but I have lost all hope of understanding what the frick anyone's talking about.

Earplugs are my friends, they cut the volume and background noise. If I know it's going to be loud I will bring some, but I have been caught unaware and been forced to harvest cotton from a tampon. And no I did not have strings dangling from my ears, I was more discrete ;P

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