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    Hearing problem stuff

    Last night I had a hearing test and my hearing is pretty good. But I do have trouble in noisy environments hearing others. Places such as restaurants can be a problem. Also sometimes having trouble catching people the first time and then asking them to repeat it.

    The guy doing the test commented that if your hearing is really good that sometimes to many noises can create a problem because you are taking in too much information.

    Not sure about the asking people to repeat things but I heard something it could be to do with emotional issues in childhood and how much affection you received.

    I am not asking for advice but rather what do others know about these kinds of things. Because I am sure I am not the only one here with these things but also others may have delved deeper into their own problems and have explanations for them. I am interested to know.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Same thing happens with me. I chalk it up to a slow comprehension time - it usually takes me a second or two to register what someone's said to me. Sometimes it goes like this, "What? Oh nevermind, I got it."

    I don't think it's anything to do with lack of affection, unless I've got some REALLY deep-seated issues that I'm not even aware of. I am ridiculously observant and easily distracted, I think that's how it mostly works with me.

    One thing I have noticed is that people don't seem to hear me in noisy environments. I literally have to be shouting in order to be heard. My college bf pointed out that it could be perhaps the timber of my voice matches background noise too closely. What's funny is that my laugh is very recognizable and loud.

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    I've been tested and told I have exceptional peripheral hearing. Apparently, my brain can process the conversation 3 tables over at the same time it processes the one at my table. The audiologist said that it was a learned skill, something acquired in childhood. In thinking about it, as a child, I spent many hours straining to hear the conversations in the kitchen after I had been put to bed.

    I wouldn't stress about it. It's just how you're wired.
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    I have Auditory Processing Disorder, which means I can't filter out background noise and have problems with processing verbal information. There's nothing I do for it medically, but I prefer to meet with people in quieter places and like having written reminders/directions. I was diagnosed with it in the sixth grade, and even though I had a 504 throughout middle and high school, I really didn't need any of the accommodations.

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    Hearing specialists will tell you that MOST people have trouble hearing in noisy restaurants. Personally I don't get the appeal of having to shout to your dining companions, but apparently I'm in a minority these days. I have a couple of restaurants I'll only go to if we can eat on the patio (in the nice weather) or on a quiet evening, and a couple more that I won't go to at all. I love the restaurants where there are nice tall booths that give you a feeling of privacy and separation. (I find that they're also a lot more likely to have wait staff who've been trained to be unobtrusive rather than the, "Hi, can I get you more water" guys who ask the dumb question rather than simply (and quietly) filling up the glasses.)

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