Ok... so my partner STRONGLY suggested I get a hearing test. My hearing has been declining terribly and it is becoming frustrating for everyone involved. My boss has yelled at me frequently for not being able to hear well enough to take a detailed phone message.
Anyway... so I went to get a free hearing test, the beep kind. I scored above average hearing... the lady said "Beautiful hearing!"
My lower range sat on 20... but they higher ranges were above ten, one frequency scoring 0's!! 0's is perfect hearing by the way.
So... what the BLEEP!?
She suggested its a problem with the way my brain converts what I am hearing and I should see a specialist.
Anyone experience this? And where do I go from here, I dont want another freaking specialist... they are all already costing me $300 a pop not to mention I have the flight bill, another $300 on top of any specialist visits. I only make $200 a week!!!!
OMGosh..I thought it was only me. I, too, have perfect hearing but I miss so much of what people are saying. And, please do not try to whisper any thing to me at all, I miss everything that is being said!
I was told that my problem was that I am constantly thinking about other things when in a conversation and that my thoughts drown out the actual conversation. I do this on the telephone, in actual conversations..well, all of the time! It is only after someone says, repeatedly, "Did you hear what I said?" that I realize that I have missed a big portion of the conversation. To make matters worse, I cannot even tell you where my mind went, what I was thinking about or why I was even thinking about something else!!
I know that my mind drifts a lot and that my tactile abilities cannot keep up with the rapid process of thoughts in my head. In plain english..I cannot stay focused on anything so I miss just about everything LOL
I hope that you do not have to pay for another specialist. I wish that I had some suggestions to help you, but as you can see, I am hopeless in this area :-(. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone.,
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Thank you Saysusie
It all started coming together when she asked me the initial questions...
"Do you turn the radio or TV up louder than you used to?"...... "No, quite the opposite in fact!"
I am really sensitive to noise, load noises stress me out.
I just hope this can be covered by a neurologist as well.
I am very sensitive to sounds also and actually prefer to watch TV by reading the closed captions (no sound at all).
I hope that you find some answers
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OMG I have to raise my hand to this one! I can't watch movies anymore because I cant stay focused that long. I am constantly saying "what did you say" I have thought it was my hearing but it may very well be that I am not focusing. We know that my brain has been impacted by this disease and my neurorpsych exams get worse with each one. My short term memory is shot and maybe this is why instead of my hearing. The neurpsych doc said that, unlike most people that don't remember something I am one of the few that has the problem of getting the information "in". Basically, I don't even get the information in brain so I really can't forget it.
This makes perfect sense and I thank you so much for sharing!! I will say that the only good thing that comes from this is that I can watch reruns of a TV show 10 or 12 times and I don't remember what happened! LOL
Great thread mate... i'm sensitive to noise now and if my hubby chats to me half the time i can't seem to pick is wording up correctley, i know i've had a few bangs on my head of seizures and a bursted ear drum but besides that my hearing is getting worse and i find it happenes more when my concentration is abit anyhow also.xxx
i to will join the cant hear clearly club.
what i have been able to find out.
due to brain fog.
we are unable to proccess too many things at once.
the greater the fog..... the fewer things we can proccess at the same time.
my hearing is tested regularly. i have slight drop in the lower end of the scale.
hearing aids will not help me at the moment.
other factors that contribute:
tinitus is a ringing in the ears. this is a usual side effect of having lupus and fibro.
(i have both)
if your brain is already hearing the tinitus....it will have trouble proccessing other sounds.
add to this other background noise...... you do not hear properly.
my brain does have problem proccessing so many things at once.
it isnt that i cannot hear them.... i cant understand them.
fibro also makes all nerves sensitive......
hearing is by nerves, so hearing becomes sensitive when your fibro is active.
the action of nerves accepting the noise vibration is similar to nerves being "excited"
an excited nerve is a painful nerve.........
so noise hurts
hopefully this makes at least a little sense.... bag fog day myself.
Have I ever told you guys how much I love you for being so awesome? : )
I have terrible tinnitus, some nights I cant sleep if I pay too much attention to it when i first jump into bed.
And you are right... noise does hurt, it hurts terribly. My partner doesnt get that when he is storming around the house slamming cupboard doors and dropping pots into the sink. I dont have fibro though, not that i have been diagnosed with anyway. Im really sick of having new things so fibro can leave me alone :P
Thank you for the info Steve : ) and thank you everyone for your replies!
Gosh I can't believe all of this! This is me! It is making my work harder and harder. My boyfriend has picked up on it and helps me. I jokingly say he's the other have of my brain.
I now turn my music down. I always played it loud. I hear ringing and static too often.
Wow...I thought it was MENTALPAUSE...