Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:35 AM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:04 AM
I also have occasional tinnitus, but I don't seem to have any hearing difficulty.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:45 AM
Well have I opened a can of worms here ah lol.
Well I had what started as an ear infection back in April, until then I could never understand when parents said their children pull their ears when they hurt. Thats exactly what I kept doing, felt like they needed popping, the left was the worst and most painful, sometimes I would get a high pitched sound other times they would just feel like closing up. I had soo many antibiotics and stuff but nothing helped, I have always had problems with cold going to ears and stuff but nothing that had ever lasted this long. My general practitioner referred me to the ENT dept, but unfortunately on the day were they were running so late the audiology equipment had closed, so managed to get in Monday just gone. I filled outh this questionare about areas I was having difficaulty and stuff and I got so upset when she said what she thought I was having trouble with, because I new then I wasn't going mad. It was explained very well and like so many have described sometimes no matter how loud you have the tv if the talker is taking in a tone that your hearing can't relate to the words become muffled, you know they are talking but just can't understand what they are saying. She said have you had comments where people question why you couldn't hear what they just said but you understood someone else, I said yes again got upset, this was described again as imagining words made up of tones on different levels some of which the ears can understand and others they can't, made sense. She felt that in the areas where I am struggling I.e tv, telephone and rooms where more than one conversation is being held may help but to balance with one in each ear - I'm on 35 what! I hear you say lol. You know the strange thing is since I put this post on how many folks have said its the left ear that it starting in? have we hit on something hear lol
Posted 27 September 2007 - 07:47 AM
As for having difficulty understanding certain speech: I have a high frequency hearing loss and have this difficulty. I am convinced that this is because much of what differentiates spoken sound is in the higher frequencies. Take the word "speak" as an example: The "s", "p" and "k" sounds are all rather high pitched. To those of us with a high frequency hearing loss (one of the most common), the word sounds slurred, almost like "ea", or even just a short "i" sound, since the long "e" is rather high pitched. Add a slight bit of slurring, or a nasal voice, and it's hopeless.
An example of nasality would be (if I'm allowed to use particular people) is the character of Karen on the Will & Grace TV show (Megan Mullaly). I cannot understand her even with the TV turned painfully loud. To the contrary, people who speak with strong or exagerrated pronunciation are easy to hear - even at a whisper.
Severe tinnitus makes it worse, since it tends to drown out sounds at the same freqency, which is usually high.
As for children - I've always noticed that parents tend to become deaf to the racket of children, as many become deaf to a nagging or complaining spouse!
Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:00 AM