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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/21/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I wonder, am I hard of hearing or have trouble comprehending what I'm hearing?!?
 
After years of being married to a professional trumpet player (he is my ex) and working in a hair salon with blowdryers going all day and people yacking.  I wonder if my hearing might be affected?? 
 
There are times when I see people's mouths moving but I can hardly understand what they're talking about.  This has been going on for years and I don't really think about it that often, but today my husband said something to me and I have no idea what he was talking about.  This lead me to believe I might have a fibro fog thing going on, because it always seems worse when there's lots of background noise or I've got a lot on my mind or I'm stressed out about something.
 
I remember my dad having "selective" hearing, meaning .. he could hear just fine but only chose to hear what he wanted to.  I'm wondering if this is part of what's going on with me.
 
Its extra weird because loud noises really annoy the living H-E-double toothpicks out of me.  I know that's related to Fibro.
 
So, the question is, could it be a fog thing or should I go get my hearing checked out?!!?  Do you have anything like this going on in your life??  Is it a Fibro thing??  Ah.. so many questions, but this is starting to bug me. 
 
Thanks for your input and listening (lol)!!
 
Hugs and happiness!!
Patti
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/21/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Patti, have your hearing checked out.  I remember telling my husband to stop mumbling and he would tell me to get my hearing checked.  We bantered back and fourth like this for over a year.  Finally I got sick of his mumbling so I decided to have my hearing checked...just so I could wave the "clean bill of health" in front of his face and tell him to stop mumbling!  devil
 
I went to a local audiologist, had my hearing checked, and I needed a hearing aid in one ear!  I refused to believe that.  After all, what does a little audiologist in a suburb know so I made an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic the following month.  When I had my hearing checked there, I now needed hearing aids in both ears!  After many tests it turned out that I have Immune Inner Ear Disease. 
 
Now, that's highly unlikely what you have but you have been around a lot of noise all of your life.  I told you this story because I didn't think I needed a hearing aid either!  But, when I finally bit the bullet and got them, I could hear things that I didn't realize I was missing!  It really is well worth getting your hearing checked.
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/21/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Sherrine, I was hoping YOU would respond. I remembered that you had some hearing problems.

LOL.. maybe I DON'T chose to hear SOMETHINGS.  I wondered if some other fibromites might have some comprehension problems.

Thanks again!!


Patti
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/21/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti, you can have an alteration of hearing and also low frequency, sensorineural hearing loss with fibro...at least it's on the list of symptoms.  My low sounds are really good.  It's my high sounds...the ones used in speech....that I have problems with.  Even though it is on the list of symptoms, I don't think I've ever come across anyone that had that problem.  Nevertheless, please have a hearing test.  Then you will know if you have a loss or not.
 
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   Posted 3/21/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my hearing checked years ago because I had a hard time in places with alot of background noise also. I was told that my hearing was good but that my brain had a difficult time deciding what I needed to listen to. My family gave me a hard time about that saying that my brain was confused.That was way before my dx of fibro. It hasn't gotten any better but not any worse. I just try real hard to focus on the right things at the right moments but I still miss the point sometimes. Lisa
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/21/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Interesting, both Sherrine and Lisa!!

Sherrine, I looked up sensorineural hearing loss, very interesting, sounds like I might be a candidate for that!!! GREAT another thing on my list!! I'm not sure how to go about getting tested, should I talk to my doctor about it and get a referral or can I just set up an appt with an audiologist??

Lisa... did they call it sensorineural hearing loss??  That's what it sounded like when I looked it up.

Thanks for your input!!


Patti
 
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painntheneck
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   Posted 3/21/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have trouble focusing when doing certain activities or listening at times. It is just called " the fog ". At times people think you are just stupid or being rude. I also get ringing in my ears. When I am having a rough day, (for me) things are amplified. I hear either lots of sounds around me or things do seem in a lower tone. I forget alot of things. I would write it down but I would just lose the list. tongue
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/21/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   

LOL...Painintheneck.. have I ever told you you have a great name!! It cracks me up!!

I attributed alot of this to fog too.. but now I'm not so sure.  Maybe it is maybe not.  I can't help but wonder if all the loud stuff I've had to deal with over the years has had something to do with it. 

And boy oh boy do I know about the write it down, why bother, I'd only lose it!!!

Take it easy!!


Patti
 
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Agmaar
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   Posted 3/21/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I have some noise-induced hearing loss.  So I know what that is.  But I also think I'm having a problem at times with the cognitive part of hearing.  When I was having a bad Herx reaction - I could "hear" OK, but I couldn't follow a conversation.  I think it was due to a very slowed down thinking time.

I now have times when I can't multi-task.  If I get interrupted, I can't always figure out exactly where I was on the first task.  That's the main reason I'm still not driving.  My thinking times are so slow i can't process several things going on at once.  At least there are times when it gets a lot better.

I keep telling B that it is not "selective hearing".  I just need to give it my full attention if she starts talking while I'm doing something else. 


Rich
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh man, do I know what you're talking about Rich!!!  I think my cognitive problems were worse when I had Lyme.. but I still have days (I'm sure its fibro fog now), that I can't even handle ONE thought, let alone 3 others.  I agree that I could be that my brain is processing things too slowly and that's why I have a problem with more than one conversation than one.  (another problem that started with Lyme and continues to this day/maybe fibro fog/maybe leftovers from Lyme.. I don't know?!?!)

Take care,


Patti
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Patti, if you need a referral for your insurance to cover you then you need to speak with your GP.  I don't need referrals so I went to an audiologist that was affiliated with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat specialist).  Your doctor would know what is the best way to get your hearing tested.  Let us know what you find out.
 
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Good question, Patti!  I have been having problems w/ my ears forever. I mentioned some of the problems I've had on here previously, but due to other things going on I held off mentioning it to my pcp, till last Monday. I make up a list of things, meds, allergies, problems, etc that I want to discuss w/ dr for each visit. I start the list the day I come back from last visit and revise as the wks go by.

Anyway, I told her about the whistling noise I get in my ear, the feeling of air packing in my ears, most times my R. but sometimes, both. And sometimes, I lose hearing on one side of my head, R. I feel pressure change and I only hear out of my left ear.  She gave me an antibiotic, ear drops and gave me the name of an ENT. I don't believe I have need of an antibiotic, but I'm trying that. I hate ear drops, but I tried that two nights, the 2nd night I had such a problem w/ dizziness and nausea - as if I don't have enough fun w/ that most days. I could feel the 'unevenness' in my head as I got up to use the bath @ 1:30am, and again at 4am, and even at 6am.

I have a hard time hearing things sometimes. The motor of my fridge is so loud to me, I can't hear what someone is saying in another room. I have to turn off the radio to answer the phone and it is still hard to hear whoever is calling. I know my GGma and her son, (GF) and my DM all have/had hearing loss, my GGma was deaf @ 33, and read lips, my GF was deaf very early and my DM has had the same stuff I have.

There are times, ppl will say something to me and it just doesn't register. Sometimes, I hear the wrong word, sometimes I hear just what they said and it still doesn't make sense to me. I can't stand loud noises, music or talking or other things. I get very 'wired' if things are 'too' much. I've got to leave, I can't deal w/ the overload.

I have my DM w/ me at this time and she can't be left alone, so I have to wait to make the ENT appt. She isn't able to get up out of a chair by herself. I really have a hard time lifting her, but I can't just leave her there. My children are very good helping when they are home, but due to their work schedules it is tough to co-ordinate a break. I had to take DM to her cardio the other day, what a thing that turned out to be, but we got her in and treated. She goes back next month.

I would also suggest you get your hearing checked, this way you know. Hopefully you get good news, but al least you will have an answer. Good Luck!

God bless.  Alice.

 

 


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   Posted 3/22/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti, I don't remember getting a specific term for my condition. I'll have to look up sensorineural also to see if I fit in that catagory. I guess it really doesn't bother me that much since I now know that I have to listen more closely and ask questions if I don't understand. Lisa
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/22/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your input everyone.  I will talk to the Dr. and get a referral.

I should write down some of the things I think people say to me.. they're so ridiculous, that I know I have to be hearing it wrong!!  Some of them are really funny!!  Like..when I thought my husband asked me if we needed to vacuum the driveway.. LOL, I looked at him like he was crazy -turned out whatever he said had nothing to do with vacuuming OR the driveway.

Alice, let us know what happens at your ENT appt, too.  Sounds like you've got something serious going on there.

Take care and hope you have a painfree evening!!


Patti
 
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colabear2890
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
i can never hear anything right. I always fail the hearing tests at school every year. Ive gone to do the full tests at the hospital and sometimes I pass and sometimes I don't.

they decided that I just can't hear when there are two noises at once. I either hear just noises or I hear one, and it's like the other one isn't even there.

I always think that someone said something when they said something else!! it's pretty funny sometimes the things that I think that i hear

-Aliza
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solar powered
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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Patti. I did a little research on sensorineural hearing loss and I don't think I fall into that one. I did though find some info on a condition called central auditory processing disorder which sounds alot more like what I experience. It sounds like it is very common but not much can be done for it. Interesting topic. Think I'll go research it some more. Lisa
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