Auditory processing issues?

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SleepyBug
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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
So I've noticed I've been having this weird issue with having problems understanding what people are saying sometimes. Like-they say something, and I either hear something totally different, or I hear it all garbled up and have to ask them to repeat themselves.

I have always had excellent hearing (maybe because my eyesight has always been abysmal??) and passed my last hearing test a few years ago with flying colors, so I don't think I'm going deaf...it's almost as though I'm having fibro fog of the ears. Does anyone else experience anything like this?
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boo32
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   Posted 7/11/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   

hi, I can completely identify with this and have been having difficulty with same for quiet a long time. It varies as to how bad it can get but lately it's having terrible effects on my job and i find customers getting annoyed with me.

I haven't mentioned it to my doctor yet as i don;t know what he'll say as i recently only confided in him how anxious and depressed i can get about the whole thing.

even though i have always beed sporty i never did very well as i found it hard to interpret rules, referees and routes for races etc. I failed college due to it as well. Sometimes i think i actually have a mild learning disability.

I had to tell the pharmacist at work yesterday that i genuienely didn't understand what she was saying and i wasn't trying to be awkward with her. I have great difficulty dialling phone numbers that are written down or trying to write what someone is saying.

I know this isn't of much help to you, only to say that i know how you feel and don't know whether it's fibro related or not. I'm going to be seeing a person mext week that can hopefully help me underestand it.

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solar powered
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   Posted 7/11/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
My hearing issues doesn't present exactly like yours but the frustration is the same I would imagine. I have what is known as adult central auditory processing disorder. According to the hearing expert, my hearing is good but my brain sometimes has trouble knowing what it is supposed to be paying attention to especially if I'm in a place with lots of background noise. I guess I have learned to live around it. For example if I have to make a phone call I always mute the TV so I have one less auditory distraction. If someone is talking to me I have to focus extra closely on what they are saying and I still sometimes have to have them repeat what they just said. It just is one of those weird things for me but some people have it so bad it is actually considered a learning disability. Usually it shows up in kids but I started having problems as an adult about 20 years ago. Lisa
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Carnissa
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   Posted 7/11/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem..... it gets frustrating..I have learned to read lips found that helps a bit
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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm sorry to hear you are having this trouble...but I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one.  I thought it was just me getting older (39)  :)  My children get so aggravated at me because I have to ask them to repeat things, and others say something and I think I got it, then I have to have it repeated to make sure.  It sure is annoying.  I haven't found a solution yet, but as I said before, I'm happy I'm not alone.  :)

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Carnissa
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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
i have had to learn to cope since i work in retail... and customers get mad when you ask them things 2 or 3 times...
I have had some pretty rude customers because i have had to ask them a few times. i just them i want to make sure i get them exactly what i need
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Littleneck
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   Posted 7/11/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I definitely have trouble processing information. It is pretty distressing!

Mrsppmrxky
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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that when I get tired, a lot of times I see lips moving and I could swear that they are speaking a foreign language.

I tell my husband it is like seeing lips move and hearing Charlie Brown's teacher speaking .........

It gets really frustrating to have to be going through for both the hearer and the speaker.

When I am tired, I can't write notes or do numbers and I never had that problem before. My hearing has gotten worse over the years. I just turned 50 and my husband complains about me having the TV up so high all the time, but to me it seems useless to have it on if I can't hear what is being said.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Some of you may have a true hearing loss.  You should be checked out by a good audiologist.  If it is a loss, hearing aids could bring your hearing back up to nearly perfect.
 
I have autoimmune inner ear disease.  When I first started losing my hearing it was like how you are describing it.  I thought my husband was mumbling when speaking to me.  As it progressed, I went to the doctor and got the diagnosis and some hearing aids.  The aids brought my hearing back up to 96% and I was thrilled...but not for long.  Because of my hearing illness, my hearing dropped off the charts and now I'm profoundly deaf in the high ranges and 96% of speech is made up of high sounds.  I can hear people talking to me but I can't understand what they are saying.  It is like they are speaking a foreign language.  Lip reading helps.
 
But, if you have a normal type hearing loss, I urge you to get hearing aids.  It makes a world of difference.  I really wish my hearing aids could really help me but my hearing is too far gone.  Don't miss a single sound because of vanity, either!  It's not worth it.
 
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Littleneck
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   Posted 7/12/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, that is a good point. My hearing itself is ok, after a check six weeks ago, but it feels like information itself is getting scrambled between ear and brain. The first time it happened to me recently I was watching a movie at home with my boyfriend and couldn't understand what one character was saying. I could see his lips, and I could understand the other character he was speaking with, but the words themselves sounded like a foreign language. It took a couple of minutes, and then I could understand him normally. It is a really strange phenomenon and doesn't happen all the time. It made me wonder if it is a medication "thing," a fibro thing, or a ME thing!

SleepyBug
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   Posted 7/13/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, so I guess I'm not totally alone on this one?

I had a very thorough hearing test done about 4 years ago and my hearing was perfect...is it possible that I've suffered significant hearing loss since then? Does it work that fast, I wonder??

If I do have hearing loss, unfortunately hearing aids won't be something I get-no insurance, no money!

Like you, Littleneck, this doesn't happen to me all of the time..it's very random and happens maybe a few times a week. It's very confusing to me because I've never had a problem with comprehension or anything, never had a learning disability, never had hearing problems...so weird. I will definitely say something to my Dr. the next time I see him, though.

Thanks everyone for your replies :)
"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth"~Albert Einstein

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